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Further Tests of the Influence of Black Mayors on Murders of Police: A Response to Jacobs

NCJ Number
Homicide Studies Volume: 14 Issue: 2 Dated: May 2010 Pages: 202-212
Robert J. Kaminski; Thomas D. Stucky
Date Published
May 2010
11 pages
This article provides a response to a rebuttal of a study examining the effect of a Black mayor on the rate of police officers killed.
In response to the authors reanalysis and extension of Jacobs and Carmichael (2002) in which they found no evidence of a Black mayor effect, Jacobs (this issue) critiques the article on theoretical and methodological grounds. Theoretically, Jacobs argues that the authors did not provide sufficient justification for the inclusion of the percentage of the city council that was Black. Methodological criticisms include failure to include a nonlinear specification of percent divorced, improper temporal ordering, and the inclusion of only a single regional dummy variable. In the authors rejoinder they clarify the theoretical importance of the percentage of the city council that was Black and they address each of Jacobs' methodological concerns. In additional analyses, the authors again find that the effect of the Black mayor variable was not robust to model specification or data employed, which was the point of their original article. Tables, notes, and references (Published Abstract)