Seminar by Takanao Tanaka (November 1)
Let me inform you of the following research seminar.
Date: November 1 (Tuesday),2022
Venue: 11th Floor, Bldg.No.2 Meeting Room B & ZOOM (HyFlex)
Speaker: Takanao Tanaka (UC Berkeley)
Organizer: Takuya Hasebe
Title: Ethnic Disparity in Criminal Sentences: Evidence from 3 Million Court Verdicts in China
Abstract: Using the universal court verdicts in China, we find that minorities receive significantly harsher penalties than the majority group. The lion parts of disparities can be explained by criminals’ spatial distributions and courts’ assignments, yet unexplainable gaps remain. Minorities receive 2.5% longer sentences and an 18% and 14% higher likelihood of life imprisonment and the death penalty. The disparities are more salient for groups with distinct religions and a history of conflict against the majority, for crime types often associated with social unrest (such as drug crimes). These disparities ceased when the sentencing guideline reform was implemented, suggesting that judges’ discretion is the source of the unfair case resolutions.
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