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Friday, November 26, 2021

Farhidi on Cops and Crime Rates

Faraz Farhidi (Georgia State University) has posted Do We Need More Cops? An Analysis of the Determinants of Metro Crime Rates on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
This paper studies and theorize the impact that law enforcement in cities has on criminal activities. Exploring primarily covariates, the results from two IV approaches show that increasing police officers in regions does not reduce the corresponding crimes. There are two sets of data used in this research for each IV strategy—first, the city-level data for more than a hundred cities across the US. Second is the state-level data for fifty states and DC. Falsification tests are conducted to validate the empirical conclusion. Based on the results, I propose an alternative theoretical model compared to the conventional framework, in which there is a trade-off between hiring more enforcement law forces and raising taxes in an economy.

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