Economics Weekly Seminar: Rajiv Sethi
March 20 @ 1:30 pm - 2:40 pm
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Title: The Geography of Lethal Force
Speaker: Rajiv Sethi, Barnard College, Columbia University
Wednesday, March 20, 1:30 – 2:40pm
AC 02 LR 105
Abstract: Police officers in the United States currently kill about eleven hundred civilians annually. In contrast, police in Germany kill fewer than ten a year, and those in England and Wales kill about two. This talk will examine recent data on police homicides in the US, with particular attention to the geographic distribution of incidents and racial disparities in victimization. I consider and evaluate two competing hypotheses that seek to account for the data, and discuss the possibility that Simpson’s paradox may be relevant for understanding the patterns that we see. Some historical context is provided with reference to the 1968 Kerner Commission Report and the Carnegie-Myrdal study of the 1930s.
The talk will draw on material from Shadows of Doubt: Stereotypes, Crime and the Pursuit of Justice, written jointly with Brendan O’Flaherty (Harvard University Press, forthcoming in April 2019) as well as ongoing work with Jose Luis Monteil Olea and Brendan O’Flaherty.