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The Effect of Privately Provided Police Services on Crime


John MacDonald


University of Pennsylvania

Jonathan Klick


University of Pennsylvania Law School; Erasmus School of Law; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center

Ben Grunwald


University of Pennsylvania

November 4, 2012

U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 12-36

Abstract:     
Research demonstrates that police reduce crime. The implication of this research for investment in a particular form of extra police services, those provided by private institutions, has not been rigorously examined. We capitalize on the discontinuity in police force size at the geographic boundary of a private university police department to estimate the effect of the extra police services on crime. Extra police provided by the university generate approximately 45-60 percent fewer crimes in the surrounding neighborhood. These effects appear to be similar to other estimates in the literature.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: crime, police, security, regression discontinuity

JEL Classification: K14, K42

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Date posted: November 6, 2012 ; Last revised: November 20, 2012

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MacDonald, John and Klick, Jonathan and Grunwald, Ben, The Effect of Privately Provided Police Services on Crime (November 4, 2012). U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 12-36. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2171038 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2171038

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John MacDonald
University of Pennsylvania ( email )
483 McNeil Building
3718 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
215-646-3623 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://www.crim.upenn.edu/faculty_macdonald.htm
Jonathan Klick (Contact Author)
University of Pennsylvania Law School ( email )
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Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
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Erasmus School of Law ( email )
3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands
PERC - Property and Environment Research Center
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Ben Grunwald
University of Pennsylvania ( email )
483 McNeil Building
3718 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States
HOME PAGE: http://bengrunwald.com
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