An Economic Analysis of Black-White Disparities in Nypd's Stop and Frisk Program

28 Pages Posted: 16 Feb 2013 Last revised: 21 Feb 2013

Date Written: February 2013

Abstract

We analyze data on NYPD's "stop and frisk program" in an effort to identify racial bias on the part of the police officers making the stops. We find that the officers are not biased against African Americans relative to whites, because the latter are being stopped despite being a "less productive stop" for a police officer.

Suggested Citation

Coviello, Decio and Persico, Nicola, An Economic Analysis of Black-White Disparities in Nypd's Stop and Frisk Program (February 2013). NBER Working Paper No. w18803, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2219063

Decio Coviello (Contact Author)

HEC Montreal ( email )

3000, chemin de la Cote-Saint-Catherine,
montreal, Quebec H2V3P7
Canada

Nicola Persico

Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management ( email )

2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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