Scale Economies And Police Department Consolidation: Evidence From Los Angeles

“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.”

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.

Published in Contemporary Economic Policy | Miles M. Finney | 1997