Racial Isolation and Marginalization of Economic Research on Race and Crime
Patrick L. Mason
Samuel L. Myers Jr.
Journal of Economic Literature
no. 2, June 2022
This essay examines the extent to which research on the economics of race and crime produced by Black economists or published in the flagship journal of the organization of Black economists, the
Review of Black Political Economy (RBPE), is undervalued by mainstream economics. We use modern bibliometric methods to test for citation biases in the economics of crime literature. We also
identify the contributions of three streams of research overlooked in the mainstream literature: identity, police use of force, and mass incarceration. We find evidence that Blacks publishing on race
and crime in top economics journals are less likely to be cited than non-Blacks and that articles published in the RBPE are less likely to be cited than articles published in other journals. A review of
some under-cited articles reveals that themes related to identity, police use of force, and mass incarceration hold valuable insights for policy makers and those seeking solutions to problems of
persistent racial disparities in the criminal legal system.
Mason, Patrick L., Samuel L. Myers Jr., and Margaret Simms.
"Racial Isolation and Marginalization of Economic Research on Race and Crime."
Journal of Economic Literature,
Role of Economics; Role of Economists; Market for Economists
Sociology of Economics
State and Local Government: Health; Education; Welfare; Public Pensions
Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law