The efficiency of law enforcement : an econometric analysis of the link between police numbers and crime and of the spillovers from crime

Clifton, Geoffrey Tilden. (1999). The efficiency of law enforcement : an econometric analysis of the link between police numbers and crime and of the spillovers from crime Honours Thesis, School of Economics, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Clifton, Geoffrey Tilden.
Thesis Title The efficiency of law enforcement : an econometric analysis of the link between police numbers and crime and of the spillovers from crime
School, Centre or Institute School of Economics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1999
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Total pages 120
Language eng
Subjects 14 Economics
Formatted abstract This thesis explores two aspects of the efficiency of law enforcement in Australia and the economics and econometrics of crime. These aspects are the connection between police numbers and crime and the spillover effects of law enforcement policies. Because there is no simple connection between police numbers and crime, the timing of State elections is, following Levitt (1997), used as an instrumental variable to break the simultaneity between the two variables. The connection between State expenditure on police and crime rates is also explored. The spillovers from law enforcement policies are a form of externality that reduces the efficiency of crime reduction processes. A mathematical model of criminal behaviour based on an additively separable utility function is presented from the literature and is examined critically. An alternative model is developed and comparative statics are investigated. An econometric model is estimated using Australian data. The results from this model are compared with those taken from the literature for other countries.

 
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