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Do law enforcement expenditures crowd-out public education expenditures?

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  • Michael Marlow
  • Alden Shiers

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As state and local governments have devoted a rising share of their resources to crime-related programmes, concerns have arisen that spending on other programmes such as education will fall. Coupled with growing public concerns over performance of the public education system, and expectations that prison populations will rise as states pass and enforce more stringent sentencing laws, it is not surprising that some view the expansion of crime-related programmes as troublesome. One hypothesis is that education and crime-related programmes directly compete for government expenditures so that what one programme gains the other must lose as in a fixed-pie situation. A competing hypothesis is that spending on these two public programmes are unrelated and therefore higher crime-related spending may also lead to higher taxes or public debt issuance, or to reduction in spending on programmes other than education. We estimate a three equation model of spending on crime-related programmes, spending on education, and the crime rate from which we directly test whether spending on crime and education influence each other.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 31 (1999)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 255-266

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Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:31:y:1999:i:2:p:255-266

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  1. Stuart Landon & Melville L. McMillan & Vijay Muralidharan & Mark Parsons, 2006. "Does Health-Care Spending Crowd Out Other Provincial Government Expenditures?," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 32(2), pages 121-142, June.
  2. Gebremariam, Gebremeskel H. & Gebremedhin, Tesfa G. & Schaeffer, Peter V. & Phipps, Tim T. & Jackson, Randall W., 2007. "A Spatial Panel Simultaneous-Equations Model of Business Growth, Migration Behavior, Local Public Services and Household Income in Appalachia," 2007 Annual Meeting, July 29-August 1, 2007, Portland, Oregon TN 9895, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  3. Ismael Sanz & Francisco Javier Velázquez, 2002. "Determinants of the Composition of Government Expenditure by Functions," European Economy Group Working Papers 13, European Economy Group.
  4. Ma. Guillamón & Francisco Bastida & Bernardino Benito, 2013. "The electoral budget cycle on municipal police expenditure," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 36(3), pages 447-469, December.

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