Date of Award

Summer 8-5-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Howard Chernick

Second Advisor

Matthew Baker

Academic Program Adviser

Karna Basu


Panel data covering the largest U.S. cities from 1985-2010 is used to reevaluate the endogeneity issue between policing and crime rates. Crime rates are not found to be a strong predictor of police spending, indicating that reverse causality is not as severe an issue as frequently thought. Increases in police spending result in modest decreases in certain index crimes.

Included in

Economics Commons



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