Reconciling Results on Racial Differences in Police Shootings
AbstractPolice use of force, particularly lethal force, is one of the most divisive issues of the twenty-first century. To understand the nexus of race, criminal justice, and police brutality, academics and journalists have begun to amass impressive datasets on officer-involved-shootings (OIS). I compare the data and methods of three investigative journalism articles and two publications in the social sciences on a set of five rubrics and conclude that the stark differences between their findings are due to differences in what qualifies for a valid research design and not underlying differences in the datasets.
CitationFryer, Roland G Jr. 2018. "Reconciling Results on Racial Differences in Police Shootings." AEA Papers and Proceedings, 108: 228-33. DOI: 10.1257/pandp.20181004
- J15 Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
- K42 Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law