Why Do Budgets Received by State Prosecutors Vary Across Districts in the United States?

39 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2006  

Manu Raghav

Depauw University - Department of Economics and Management

Date Written: November 19, 2006

Abstract

This paper analyzes how the budget allocated to state prosecutors varies from one district to another and the reasons for such variation by using theoretical and empirical methods. The main results of this paper are as follows: Other factors being equal, more politically conservative prosecutorial districts get less budget, this decrease in budget with political conservatism is steeper in more affluent and also in more populous districts, and that there are fixed costs in operating a prosecutor's office. Other less surprising results are that other factors remaining same, prosecutorial budget increases with the population, the crime rate, and with the affluence of the district.

Keywords: Prosecuting Attorneys, District Attorneys, State Courts, Crime, Prosecution, Litigation Process, Budget

JEL Classification: K40, K41, K42, H72, H76

Suggested Citation

Raghav, Manu, Why Do Budgets Received by State Prosecutors Vary Across Districts in the United States? (November 19, 2006). CAEPR Working Paper No. 2006-018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=946233 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.946233

Manu Raghav (Contact Author)

Depauw University - Department of Economics and Management ( email )

Greencastle, IN 46135
United States

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