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Property Law: Implicit Bias and the Resilience of Spatial Colorlines


Michelle Wilde Anderson


Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at Berkeley Law School

Victoria Plaut


University of California, Berkeley - School of Law; University of California, Berkeley - Department of Psychology

August 16, 2012

IMPLICIT RACIAL BIAS ACROSS THE LAW, Justin D. Levinson, Robert J. Smith, eds., 2012
UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 1919766

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Subjectivity and discretion exert tremendous influence over property and our built environment. From members of a city council to planning commissioners, from bank actuaries to developers, from tax assessors to neighbors, individuals constantly and silently make consequential judgments. How much is a home worth? How trustworthy is a credit-seeker? Is a proposed development, land use, or landowner suitable for this community? Is this neighborhood safe? Current research in psychology can tell us much about how we make such decisions and how the race of parties involved can shape those outcomes. This chapter investigates the application of unconscious bias research to property and land use decisions that affect where people live, work, shop, and travel - decisions that in turn affect household wealth, educational opportunity, health, and personal safety.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 12

Keywords: Property, Land Use, Implicit Bias, Race, Fair Housing

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Date posted: August 31, 2011 ; Last revised: November 14, 2013

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Anderson, Michelle Wilde and Plaut, Victoria, Property Law: Implicit Bias and the Resilience of Spatial Colorlines (August 16, 2012). IMPLICIT RACIAL BIAS ACROSS THE LAW, Justin D. Levinson, Robert J. Smith, eds., 2012; UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper No. 1919766. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1919766

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Michelle Wilde Anderson (Contact Author)
Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at Berkeley Law School ( email )
215 Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
510-643-3144 (Phone)
Victoria Plaut
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law ( email )
215 Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States
University of California, Berkeley - Department of Psychology
Berkeley, CA 94720
United States
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