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Property Crimes and the Police: An Empirical Analysis of Swedish Data

Journal article
Authors Bo Sandelin
Göran Skogh
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Economics
Volume 88
Issue 3
Pages 547-561
ISSN 0347-0520
Publication year 1986
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 547-561
Language en
Links www.jstor.org.ezproxy.ub.gu.se/stab...
Keywords economics of crime
Subject categories Economics, Sociology

Abstract

The results of a study of the impact of police work on property crimes are reported. The data base is a cross-section of 278 Swedish municipalities during the years 1975 and 1976. A three-equation simultaneous model is compared with a simpler two-equation model. The results indicate that the simpler system is preferable. In the estimates of both models, most parameters are significant with the expected signs. Police work seems to deter crime, as expected.

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