EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Police numbers up, crime rates down. The effect of police on crime in the Netherlands, 1996-2003

Ben Vollaard

Law and Economics from EconWPA

Abstract: We present evidence on the effect of greater numbers of police personnel on crime and nuisance reduction in the Netherlands. We use a multiple time series design with police regions as the unit of analysis, covering the period 1996-2003. During this period, police resources increased substantially. The growth in additional resources differed greatly between regions, allowing us to use this policy intervention to identify the effect of police on crime and nuisance. We control for regional economic, social and demographic factors and for national trends that might obscure the effect of police on crime. We find significantly negative effects of higher police levels on property crime, violent crime and nuisance. Our estimates suggest that a substantial proportion of the decline in crime and nuisance during the period 1996-2003 is attributable to the increase in police personnel.

Keywords: police; crime; nuisance; effectiveness; victimisation survey (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-law and nep-ure
Date: 2005-01-26
Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 58
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://econwpa.repec.org/eps/le/papers/0501/0501006.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: http://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:wpa:wuwple:0501006

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Law and Economics from EconWPA
Series data maintained by EconWPA ().

 
Page updated 2017-07-29
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwple:0501006