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The Spillover Effect of Race on Police Expenditures: An Alternative Test of the Minority Threat Hypothesis

Gbenga Ajilore

The Review of Black Political Economy, 2016, vol. 43, issue 1, 21-34

Abstract: This paper implements a novel application of spatial econometrics to test the minority threat hypothesis by estimating the relationship and potential spillovers between race and police expenditures. This paper uses a strategic interaction framework to describe the mechanism that may drive expenditure spillovers as well as demographic spillovers. Estimating a Spatial Durbin Model (SDM), the findings of this study show counties with more residential segregation and are more conservative exhibit positive spillovers on neighboring county police expenditures. This paper makes a contribution by showing the effects of greater minority threat is not limited within geographic boundaries. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016

Keywords: Minority threat; Police spending; Spatial spillovers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1007/s12114-015-9219-0

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