5 August 2010
Judicial Ingroup Bias in the Shadow of Terrorism
In this paper, the authors study ingroup bias - the preferential treatment of members of one's group - in naturally occurring data, where economically significant allocation decisions are made under a strong non-discriminatory norm. Data come from Israeli small claims courts during 2000-04, where the assignment of a case to an Arab or Jewish judge is essentially random. We find robust evidence for judicial ingroup bias. Furthermore, this bias increases with terrorism intensity in the vicinity of the court in the year preceding the ruling.
© 2010 Leitner Program
Moses Shayo, Asaf Zussman