Police demilitarization and violent crime.

@article{Lowande2020PoliceDA,
  title={Police demilitarization and violent crime.},
  author={Kenneth Lowande},
  journal={Nature human behaviour},
  year={2020}
}
  • Kenneth Lowande
  • Published 7 December 2020
  • Political Science
  • Nature human behaviour
Policymakers and advocates make contradictory claims about the effects of providing military equipment to local law enforcement, but this intervention is not well understood because of severe data limitations and inferential challenges. I use 3.8 million archived inventory records to estimate the magnitude of sources of bias in existing studies of the 1033 Program. I show that most variation in militarization comes from previously unobserved sources, which implies that studies that show crime… 
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