Abstract: A new meta-field of "forensic economics" has begun to emerge, uncovering evidence of hidden behavior in a variety of domains. Examples include teachers cheating on exams, road builders skimping on materials, violations of U.N. sanctions, unnecessary heart surgeries, and racial biases in employment decisions, traffic stops, auto retailing, and even sports judging. In each case, part of the contribution of economic analysis is in uncovering evidence of wrongdoing. Although research questions differ, forensic economic work shares commonalities in approaches and limitations. This article seeks to draw out the common threads, with the hope of stimulating further research across fields.This is particularly nice since it stretches across fields. Some (quasi-arbitrarily) selected highlights:
- Edelman and Larkin - Demographics, Career Concerns or Social Comparison: Who Games SSRN Download Counts?
- Zitzewitz - Does Transparency Really Increase Corruption? Evidence from the 'Reform' of Figure Skating Judging
- Reuter - Does Advertising Bias Product Reviews? An Analysis of Wine Ratings
- Ondrich, Ross, and Yinger - Now You See It, Now You Don't: Why Do Real Estate Agents Withhold Available Houses from Black Customers?