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Politics in the Courtroom: Political Ideology and Jury Decision Making

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Title: Politics in the Courtroom: Political Ideology and Jury Decision Making
Authors: Anwar, Shamena
Bayer, Patrick
Hjalmarsson, Randi
Issue Date: May-2015
Extent: 60
Publication type: report
Organization: Dept. of Economics, University of Gothenburg
Series/Report no.: Working Papers in Economics
Keywords: crime
peer effects
Abstract: This paper uses data from the Gothenburg District Court in Sweden and a research design that exploits the random assignment of politically appointed jurors (termed nämndemän) to make three contributions to the literature on jury decision-making: (i) an assessment of whether systematic biases exist in the Swedish nämndemän system, (ii) causal evidence on the impact of juror political party on verdicts, and (iii) an empirical examination of the role of peer effects in jury decision-making. The ... more
ISSN: 1403-2465
Description: JEL: K14, K40
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