No Hatred or Malice, Fear or Affection": Media and Sentencing

Ouss, Aurélie and Philippe, Arnaud (2018) No Hatred or Malice, Fear or Affection": Media and Sentencing. Journal of Political Economy, 126 (5). pp. 2134-2178.

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Abstract

We explore how television broadcasting of unrelated criminal justice events affects sentencing. Exploiting as-good-as-random variation in news content before a verdict, we find that sentences are 3 months longer when the verdict is reached after coverage of crime. Sentence increase with media exposure to crime, not crime itself, and the effect tapers off quickly. Our results suggest that professional experience and expertise mitigates the effect of irrelevant external information. This paper highlights the influence of noise in the news cycle: media can temporarily influence decisions by changing what is top-of-the-mind, rather than signaling deeper changes in offending or societal concerns.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: October 2018
Refereed: Yes
Place of Publication: Chicago
Uncontrolled Keywords: courts, media, sentencing, crime, judicial decision, cognitive bias
JEL codes: D83 - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief
K14 - Criminal Law
K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior
L82 - Entertainment; Media (Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Broadcasting, Publishing, etc.)
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 15 May 2018 07:04
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 11:27
OAI ID: oai:tse-fr.eu:32043
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/25689

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