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Crime is Terribly Revealing: Information Technology and Police Productivity

Mastrobuoni, Giovanni (2020) 'Crime is Terribly Revealing: Information Technology and Police Productivity.' The Review of Economic Studies, 87 (6). 2727 - 2753. ISSN 0034-6527

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An increasing number of police departments use information technology (IT) to optimize patrolling strategies, yet little is known about its effectiveness in prevent- ing crime. Based on quasi-random access to "predictive policing," this study shows that IT improves police productivity as measured by crime clearance rates. Thanks to detailed information on individual incidents and offender-level identifiers it also shows that criminals strategies are predictable. Moreover, the introduction of pre- dictive policing coincides with a large negative trend-discontinuity in crime rates. The benefit-cost ratio of this IT innovation appears to be large.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: predictive policing, IT, police, crime, quasi-experiment
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 10:47
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2021 08:15

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