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Unequal Jury Representation and Its Consequences


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Title: Unequal Jury Representation and Its Consequences
Authors: Anwar, Shamena
Bayer, Patrick
Hjalmarsson, Randi
Issue Date: Mar-2021
Extent: 36
Publication type: report
Publisher: University of Gothenburg
Organization: Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg
Series/Report no.: Working Papers in Economics
801
Keywords: jury
crime
sentences
representation
inequality
race
Abstract: We analyze the extent and consequences of unequal representation on juries in Harris County, Texas. We first document that residents from predominantly white and high-income neighborhoods are substantially over-represented on juries. Using quasi-random variation in those called for jury duty each day, we next establish that Black defendants are more likely to be convicted and receive longer sentences from juries with more residents from these over-represented neighborhoods. We estimate that equa... more
ISSN: 1403-2465
Description: K4; J15
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/68037
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