What You Bring to the Courthouse: The Interaction between Racial Context and Jury Awards
28 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2015
Date Written: April 18, 2015
Despite the hurdles required to overcome selection effects in analyzing trial results, scholars have studied the effect of judicial ideology and juror race on verdicts. But these variables have never been interacted. Using a two-part selection model and a new dataset of federal civil jury verdicts, this article finds selection effects driven by contingent-fee plaintiff’s attorneys, no effect on verdicts for judicial ideology, and a curvilinear effect of the size of the black population on verdicts.
Keywords: juries, racial context, judicial ideology, trial courts, selection effects
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