Publication Date

2015-08-06

Availability

Embargoed

Embargo Period

2017-08-05

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

Department

Economics (Business)

Date of Defense

2015-04-01

First Committee Member

Christopher Parmeter

Second Committee Member

Laura Giuliano

Third Committee Member

Sebastian Calonico

Fourth Committee Member

Richard Weisskoff

Abstract

This dissertation consists of three chapters studying police officer discretionary decisions on traffic stops and traffic violations. The decisions include whether to stop and search a vehicle, whether to write a ticket or a warning, the duration of stop, and the fine amount. The purpose of this research is to determine whether police officer discretion is affected by various factors other than the violation itself

Keywords

Police; discrimination; race; gender; economics; law

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