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Reconciling Results on Racial Differences in Police Shootings


  • Roland G. Fryer, Jr


Police use of force – particularly lethal force – is one of the most divisive issues of the twenty-first century. To understand the nexus of race, criminal justice, and police brutality, academics and journalists have begun to amass impressive datasets on Officer-Involved-Shootings (OIS). I compare the data and methods of three investigative journalism articles and two publications in the social sciences on a set of five rubrics and conclude that the stark differences between their findings are due to differences in what qualifies for a valid research design and not underlying differences in the datasets.

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  • Roland G. Fryer, Jr, 2018. "Reconciling Results on Racial Differences in Police Shootings," NBER Working Papers 24238, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:24238
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    • J0 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General
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