A Partner in Crime: Assortative Matching and Bias in the Crime Market

Posted: 7 Oct 2013

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Evelina Gavrilova

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Business and Management Science

Date Written: October 6, 2013

Abstract

In this paper I analyze partnership formation within the property crime market in the United States. I develop a static matching model, in which a criminal forms a partnership with a counterpart with the same probability of success. Using individual arrest data from the National Incident Based Reporting System, I pinpoint matches where the underlying ability of two partners differ. This difference in ability is correlated to observable characteristics, making the case for discrimination. By comparing the regression results to success means for the same demographic groups, I find patterns consistent with discrimination. Beside the patterns of gender and racial segregation, I find that in white-black matches, blacks outperform whites, consistent with success means. In male-female matches the female's success realization is higher than the male's, contrary to the difference in success means, where males on average outperform females, hinting at a distaste premium.

Keywords: Assortative Matching, Crime, Bias, Discrimination

JEL Classification: K42, J16, J71, C78

Suggested Citation

Gavrilova, Evelina, A Partner in Crime: Assortative Matching and Bias in the Crime Market (October 6, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2336630

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