Three Essays in Applied Microeconomics

Three Essays in Applied Microeconomics

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In the second section of this dissertation, I examine policies used by law enforcement agencies to notify communities of the presence of sexual criminals. Although information regarding sexual criminals is generally accessible to individuals actively seeking it, some police departments employ direct notification, attempting to notify all immediate neighbors, including those not actively seeking the information. In this essay, I evaluate the effect of law-enforcement mediated direct notification on sexual crime incidence and housing prices. Using county-level data from Florida obtained during a notification policy survey, I describe patterns in notification policy adoption and exploit cross-county variation in policy adoption to estimate the impact of various forms of direct notification on sex crime incidence. I find weak evidence associating more aggressive notification policies with lower crime rates. Using housing transactions data from one county with a particularly aggressive, geographically delineated direct notification policy, I determine the impact of sexual criminal arrival on home prices. Although I am unable to identify a robust, significant price effect from notification, I find weak evidence that the arrival of criminals is associated with lower housing transactions prices.Price Standardization Procedure Immediate burial prices used in this paper exclude any container. When the quoted price included a container, the cost of a minimum container (as quoted on the price list) was subtracted. When the cost of theanbsp;...

Title:Three Essays in Applied Microeconomics
Author:Lori Lynn Parcel
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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