Property Law: Implicit Bias and the Resilience of Spatial Colorlines
Michelle Wilde Anderson
Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at Berkeley Law School
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
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 HousingAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 31, 2011 ; Last revised: November 14, 2013
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