The Disturbance Model and Congestion in Emergency Response

18 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2007

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Erwin A. Blackstone

Temple University - Department of Economics

Andrew J. Buck

Temple University - Department of Economics

Simon Hakim

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Uriel Spiegel

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Management

Abstract

Public security agency response to a call for emergency service is a commons good. As consumers demand more of the commons good there is increased congestion. Police services as a commons good are modeled using the uncertainty about which calls for service are bona fide. The results are that optimal alarm systems per officer rise with the officers' wage, fall with the value of avoided losses and rise with the productivity of officers. Ceteris paribus, avoided losses are greater in the community with more alarm systems. Homogeneity of the community increases the optimal number of alarms per officer. Fining "well-behaved" alarm owners more heavily increases police productivity.

Suggested Citation

Blackstone, Erwin A. and Buck, Andrew J. and Hakim, Simon and Spiegel, Uriel, The Disturbance Model and Congestion in Emergency Response. Manchester School, Vol. 75, No. 1, pp. 104-121, January 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=954828 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9957.2007.01005.x

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Andrew J. Buck

Temple University - Department of Economics ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

Simon Hakim

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Uriel Spiegel

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Management ( email )

Ramat-Gan, 52900
Israel
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+972.3.535.3329 (Fax)

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