Racial Profiling: a Comparison of Different Measures

Colleen Kadleck, University Nebraska at Omaha
Candice Batton, University of Nebraska at Omaha

ABSTRACT
Heightened concern over racial profiling has resulted in a significant amount of attention to the issue on the part of both scholars and practitioners. However, little empirical research has been conducted on the nature and extent of this phenomenon. Those studies which have been done suffer from methodological problems. Of particular interest in this study are the problems surrounding the operationalization of the concept of racial profiling. We examine a variety of different methods of quantifying racial profiling using data from a midwestern city. The advantages and disadvantages of using the different indicators to measures the existence and extent of racial profiling are discussed.



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