CLEAN - LSE Seminar Series - Aaron Chalfin (University of Pennsylvania)


The next CLEAN seminar, in collaboration with LSE, will take place on Wednesday, March 27th 2024, from 4-5 p.m. Italian time.

The presenter will be Aaron Chalfin (University of Pennsylvania). The title of the paper is "Did Violence Against Asian-Americans Rise in 2020? Evidence from a Novel Approach to Measuring Potentially Racially-Motivated Attacks", coauthored with Alex Knorre (Boston College) and Britte van Tiem (University of Pennsylvania).



Did anti-Asian violence rise after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic?  Efforts to answer this question are compromised by the inherent difficulty of measuring racially-motivated crimes as well as concerns that reporting of racially-motivated crimes may have changed due to their increased salience during the pandemic. We pursue an alternative approach to studying whether anti-Asian violence rose after March 2020 that addresses each of these concerns. Using data from the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System, we study inter-race violence occurring in public spaces. While public violence declined among all Americans after March 2020, the share of public violence directed at Asian-Americans by people who were previously unknown to them -- or were acquaintances -- rose more than it did for other Americans. While this relationship did not hold among an auxiliary sample of large US cities, the evidence is consistent with a modest increase in racially-motivated violence towards Asian-Americans.


You may follow the event online via Zoom Meetings at the following link: - Meeting ID: 935 3789 3727 - Passcode: 327396