Degree Year

2005

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Economics

Advisor(s)

Barbara Craig
Hirschel Kasper
Ken Kuttner

Keywords

Discrimination, Criminal, Justice, System, Representation, Sentencing, Public, Defender, Lawyer, Attorney

Abstract

This paper examines the potential differences in sentencing outcomes for public defenders compared with private attorneys. I explore the economic literature for explanations, implications, and results. There is a need for extensive research within the field of economics to provide empirical results to offset the mostly game-theoretically dominated discussion of the criminal justice system. The results are inconclusive due to a lack of statistical significance and potential selection bias in the data. Future research relating to this study is also discussed.

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Economics Commons

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