Rob Gillezeau

Rob Gillezeau
University of Victoria | UVIC · Department of Economics

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There is widespread concern among activists and legal scholars that Law Enforcement Officers' Bills of Rights (LEOBRs) limit police accountability and potentially impact the use of force. We exploit variation in the timing of the adoption of LEOBRs across states to examine their impact on police-related fatalities using a stacked event study approa...
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With the recent growth in scholarship in the USA regarding police killings of civilians, it is notable that the topic has gone largely unstudied in Canada even though the country faces high levels of death through legal intervention. Using data from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Deadly Force team, we conduct an event history analysis of w...
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Objectives There is a long-standing history of protests in response to police killings of African American citizens. However, it remains a largely unanswered question as to whether these protest events have had any impact on subsequent police killings of African American civilians. To answer this question, we turn to the over 700 racial uprisings t...
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In 2015 and 2016, U.S. homicide rates rose dramatically amid two historic social phenomena: a police legitimacy crisis related to an alleged “Ferguson effect” and the opioid epidemic. To empirically explain this increase, we compile county-level data on race/ethnic-specific homicides from 2014 to 2016 along with contemporaneous county-level data on...
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We chart the impact of the Great Recession on the employment outcomes of Native Americans, in and outside of their traditional homelands. While increases in unemployment during the Great Recession for Native Americans are comparable to African Americans, employment changes are not. It appears that this difference is the result of Native Americans m...
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This article uses newly collected data on communities receiving Neighborhood Legal Services Programs (NLSP) grants between 1965 and 1975 to evaluate the impact of NLSPs on civil disorders and resulting changes in property values in African American communities. We employ several empirical strategies, all of which confirm the NLSP's effectiveness in...
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There is little empirical evidence as to whether protests against policy brutality impact the behavior of police forces. We seek to close this gap by considering the impact of the racial civil disturbances in the 1960s and 1970s on deaths by legal intervention using an event study approach. In the first three years after a protest in a county, poli...
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The chapters of this dissertation all fall at the intersection of economic history and public policy. While the topics are historical, they all provide results that are important for policy makers. The second chapter, entitled ???Did the War on Poverty Stop the 1960s Race Riots?,??? uses recently digitized records of War on Poverty spending to de...
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This paper has three parts. The rst part presents econometric evidence showing that increases in the international demand for enslaved Africans induced a reallocation of resources in Africa towards slave production and away from other economic pursuits. In the second part, we use this evidence to help specify a theoretical model of conict and coope...
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In the last 15 years, economists and economic historians have argued that Africa has undergone a "reversal of fortune" and that ethnic fragmentation is a significant cause of Africa's underdevelopment. In this article, we join these narratives by arguing that the transatlantic slave trade increased the degree of ethnic heterogeneity in Africa today...
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The launch of the War on Poverty and the race-related riots in American cities were both key events in the 1960s and it has been suggested that there may exist a relationship between the two. From their inception in 1964, community action agencies (CAAs) were directed towards alleviating poverty, but by the late 1960s, they had become an explicitly...

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