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An Empirical Investigation of More Police Time: Crime and Midsize Cities, 1990 v. 2000


Douglas Goodman


University of Puget Sound

Bruce Mann


University of Puget Sound - Department of Economics

July 25, 2005


Abstract:     
We find more police reduces crime. Our results suggest crime can be reduced if personally assigned vehicles enhance officer productivity and increase police visibility. Program efficacy declines as an economy's condition improves. We introduce the size of the police force variable in a novel manner that shows on the margin the number of police does matter. We also find evidence to indicate that local efforts to minimize vacant buildings will benefit the community by suppressing criminal activity and reported crime, at least partial support for the "broken windows" policy for community policing.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 22

Keywords: crime, police, vehicle use

JEL Classification: K42, H41

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Date posted: August 8, 2005  

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Goodman, Douglas and Mann, Bruce, An Empirical Investigation of More Police Time: Crime and Midsize Cities, 1990 v. 2000 (July 25, 2005). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=770385 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.770385

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Douglas Goodman (Contact Author)
University of Puget Sound ( email )
Tacoma, WA 98416
253-879-3596 (Phone)
Bruce D. Mann
University of Puget Sound - Department of Economics ( email )
Tacoma, WA 98416
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