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AP Workshop – Ariel White, MIT

November 26, 2018 @ 12:00 am

AP Workshop – Ariel White, MIT

DateNovember 21, 2016

Time12:30pm to 2:00pm

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4357 Bunche Hall 

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Abstract:This paper presents new causal estimates of incarceration’s effect on voting, using administrative data on criminal sentencing and voter turnout. I use the random case assignment process of a major county court system as a source of exogenous variation in the sentencing of misdemeanor cases. Focusing on misdemeanor defendants allows for generalization to a large pool of people, as such cases are extremely common. Among first-time misdemeanor defendants, I find evidence that receiving a short jail sentence decreases voting in the next election by several percentage points. Results differ starkly by race. White defendants show no demobilization, while Black defendants show a turnout decrease of about 13 percentage points due to jail time. Evidence from pre-arrest voter histories suggest that this difference could be due to racial differences in who is arrested. These results paint a picture of large-scale, racially-disparate voter demobilization in the wake of incarceration.Full paper can be found here

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Date:
November 26, 2018
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12:00 am
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/event/ap-workshop-ariel-white-mit

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Date:
November 26, 2018
Time:
12:00 am
Website:
/event/ap-workshop-ariel-white-mit