Ash, Elliott, Asher, Sam, Bhowmick, Aditi, Bhupatiraju, Sandeep, Chen, Daniel L., Devi, Tatanya, Goessmann, Christoph, Novosad, Paul and Siddiqi, Bilal (2022) Measuring Gender and Religious Bias in the Indian Judiciary. TSE Working Paper, n. 22-1395, Toulouse

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We study judicial in-group bias in Indian criminal courts, collecting data onover 80 million legal case records from 2010–2018. We exploit quasi-random assignment of judges and changes in judge cohorts to examine whether defendant outcomes are affected by being assigned to a judge with a similar religious or gender identity. We estimate tight zero effects of in-group bias. The upper end of our 95% confidence interval rejects effect sizes that are one-fifth of those in most of the prior literature.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Language: English
Date: December 2022
Place of Publication: Toulouse
JEL Classification: J15 - Economics of Minorities and Races; Non-labor Discrimination
J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior
O12 - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Institution: Université Toulouse 1 Capitole
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2022 13:57
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2023 07:42
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