Unions and Police Productivity: An Econometric Investigation

INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS: A JOURNAL OF ECONOMY AND SOCIETY, Vol. 35, No. 4, October 1996

Posted: 4 May 1998

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Dennis Byrne

University of Akron

Hashem Dezhbakhsh

Emory University - Department of Economics

Randall King

University of Akron

Abstract

We examine the effect of unionization on police productivity in large U.S. metropolitan areas. We define police output in the context of a production function model that draws also on the crime literature. We estimate the resulting model using a data set which includes published and unpublished government statistics as well as our own survey of police departments. Results suggest that the effect of unions on police productivity varies according to categories of police performance. In particular, if performance is stratified according to the severity of crimes, unions seem to have an insignificant effect on police productivity with respect to serious crimes. For minor crimes, unionization alters the parameters of police production function, leading to diminished productivity.

JEL Classification: J44, J51

Suggested Citation

Byrne, Dennis and Dezhbakhsh, Hashem and King, Randall, Unions and Police Productivity: An Econometric Investigation. INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS: A JOURNAL OF ECONOMY AND SOCIETY, Vol. 35, No. 4, October 1996, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3211

Dennis Byrne

University of Akron

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Hashem Dezhbakhsh (Contact Author)

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Randall King

University of Akron

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Akron, OH 44325
United States

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