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Police Disruption and Performance: Evidence from Recurrent Redeployments within a City

Mastrobuoni, Giovanni (2015) Police Disruption and Performance: Evidence from Recurrent Redeployments within a City. [UNSPECIFIED]

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Abstract

More policing reduces crime but little is known about the mechanism. Does policing deter crime by reducing its attractiveness, or because it leads to additional arrests of recurrent criminals? This paper provides evidence of a direct link between policing and arrests. During shift changes a peculiar redeployment of police patrols belonging to seperate police forces disrupts policing and lowers the likelihood of clearing robberies with an arrest by 30 percent. There is no evidence that criminals exploit these dips in police performance. A back of the envelope calculation suggests that incapacitation explains 2/3 of the elasticity between robberies and policing.

Item Type: UNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords: HB;
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2015 10:16
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2017 17:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12764

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