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Scale Economies And Police Department Consolidation: Evidence From Los Angeles

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  • MILES FINNEY
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    This paper tests for scale economies for police departments operating in Los Angeles County. Intergovernmental sharing in providing police services prevails within the county, suggesting that scale economies exist in producing this public good. Empirical analysis here rejects the hypothesis that police output is produced under increasing returns, which would be an efficiency explanation for the large degree of consolidation found within the county. Copyright 1997 Western Economic Association International.

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    Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Contemporary Economic Policy.

    Volume (Year): 15 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 1 (01)
    Pages: 121-127

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:coecpo:v:15:y:1997:i:1:p:121-127

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    Cited by:
    1. Scorsone, Eric, 2007. "School District and Municipal Reorganization: Research Findings & Policy Proposals," Staff Papers, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics 6543, Michigan State University, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics.
    2. Brasington, David M., 1999. "Joint provision of public goods: the consolidation of school districts," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 73(3), pages 373-393, September.

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