Did Post-9/11 Wiretap Law Changes Increase Law Enforcement Productivity?

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Jason Chan

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management

Jin-Hyuk Kim

University of Colorado at Boulder

Liad Wagman

Illinois Institute of Technology - Stuart School of Business, IIT

Date Written: August 15, 2019

Abstract

Positive theory of law and economics holds that legal rules develop in the direction of increasing economic efficiency. We examine this argument empirically in the context of post-9/11 state wiretap legislation. Nineteen states enacted state wiretapping legislation following the 9/11 terror attacks, the provisions of which mirror the provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act. We estimate wiretap productivity in terms of producing arrests and convictions originating from wiretap orders issued on narcotics offenses. We find that the post-9/11 state law changes increased the unobserved total factor productivity, a measure of productive efficiency.

Keywords: Wiretap, surveillance, drug, policing

JEL Classification: D24, K00, K42

Suggested Citation

Chan, Jason and Kim, Jin-Hyuk and Wagman, Liad, Did Post-9/11 Wiretap Law Changes Increase Law Enforcement Productivity? (August 15, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2994407 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2994407

Jason Chan

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - Carlson School of Management ( email )

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Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

HOME PAGE: http://carlsonschool.umn.edu/faculty/jason-chan

Jin-Hyuk Kim (Contact Author)

University of Colorado at Boulder ( email )

Campus Box 256
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

Liad Wagman

Illinois Institute of Technology - Stuart School of Business, IIT ( email )

565 W Adams St Suite 412
Chicago, IL 60661
United States
7739809883 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://https://lwagman.org

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