Bonus to Firearms Seizures and Police Performance

9 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2022

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Fernando Barros

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Bruno Delalibera

Universitat de Barcelona

Valdemar Pinho Neto

Brazilian School of Economics and Finance

Victor Rodrigues

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

This paper studies the effect of monetary incentives to firearms seizures on police performance and public safety outcomes. Using data from Brazilian states, we evaluate the impact of Pernambuco’s Pact for Life (Pacto pela Vida) Program monetary bonus to police officers on firearms seizures and other outcomes. Our results indicate that the bonus has a causal and positive impact on the number of firearms seizures by police officers. However, although we see a decrease in the number of crimes in Pernambuco, it hardly can be attributed to the bonus policy.

Keywords: Monetary Incentives, Policing, Firearms Seizures, Policy Evaluation

Suggested Citation

Barros, Fernando and Delalibera, Bruno and Pinho Neto, Valdemar and Rodrigues, Victor, Bonus to Firearms Seizures and Police Performance. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4069665 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4069665

Fernando Barros (Contact Author)

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Bruno Delalibera

Universitat de Barcelona ( email )

Gran Via, 585
Barcelona, 08007
Spain

Valdemar Pinho Neto

Brazilian School of Economics and Finance ( email )

RJ 22250
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil

Victor Rodrigues

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