Title: An email-experiment to identify the effect of racial discrimination on legal assistance: A statistical approach
Authors: Tirthankar Dasgupta - Rutgers University (United States) [presenting]
Brian Libgober - Yale University (United States)
Abstract: The problem of conducting an email experiment is considered to study the probable effect of racial bias of clients on access to lawyers. The problem of discriminating between potential linear and non-linear effects of racial signal is formulated as a statistical inference problem with the objective of inferring about a parameter that determines the shape of a specific function. Various complexities associated with the design and analysis of this experiment are handled by applying a novel combination of rigorous, semi-rigorous and rudimentary statistical techniques. The actual experiment is performed with a population of lawyers in Florida.