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Ethnic fragmentation and police spending

Gbenga Ajilore and John Smith ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: Using a Two-Stage Least Squares procedure, we estimate the relationship between ethnic fragmentation and police spending using a cross-section of United States counties. Our results show that, when controlling for community characteristics and accounting for simultaneity bias, ethnic fragmentation is positively related to police spending. Our paper contributes to the understanding of the stylized fact that public spending on police increased over a period in which the incidence of crime decreased.

Keywords: ethnic fragmentation; police spending; police; crime; fragmentation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H76 J15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-01-11
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