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Organizational Structure, Police Activity and Crime


Itai Ater


Tel Aviv University - The Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration

Yehonatan Givati


Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law; Harvard Law School

Oren Rigbi


Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

August 3, 2013


Abstract:     
We examine the consequences of an organizational reform in Israel that transferred the responsibility for housing arrestees from the Police to the Prison Authority. Using the staggered introduction of the reform in different regions of the country, we document strong evidence that this organizational change led to an increase of 11 percent in the number of arrests and to a decrease of 4 percent in the number of reported crimes, with these effects concentrated in more minor crimes. The reform also led to a decrease in the quality of arrests, measured by the likelihood of being charged following an arrest. These findings are consistent with the idea that the reform externalized the cost of housing arrestees from the Police's perspective, and therefore led the Police to increase its activity against crime.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Keywords: Organizational Structure, Economics of Crime, Jails, Arrests

JEL Classification: H10, K14, K40, L30

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Date posted: September 17, 2013  

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Ater, Itai and Givati, Yehonatan and Rigbi, Oren, Organizational Structure, Police Activity and Crime (August 3, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2326928 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2326928

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Itai Ater (Contact Author)
Tel Aviv University - The Leon Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration ( email )
P.O. Box 39010
Ramat Aviv Tel Aviv 69972, 69978
Israel
Yehonatan Givati
Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Faculty of Law ( email )
Mount Scopus, 91905
Israel
Harvard Law School ( email )
1575 Massachusetts
Hauser 406
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Oren Rigbi
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev ( email )
1 Ben-Gurion Blvd
Beer-Sheba 84105, 84105
Israel
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