Type
Working paper
Titre
Fighting Crime with a Little Help from my Friends: Party Affiliation, Inter‐jurisdictional Cooperation and Crime in Mexico
Dans
LIEPP Working Paper
Auteur(s)
DURANTE Ruben - Centre pour la recherche économique et ses applications (Auteur)
GUTIERREZ Emilio - Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (Auteur)
Éditeur
Paris : Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Evaluation of Public Policies
Collection
LIEPP Working Paper : 17
Mots clés
Crime, Mexico, Party Affiliation, Cooperation
Résumé
EN
We investigate the relationship between inter-jurisdictional cooperation and law enforcement in Mexico. Exploiting a Regression Discontinuity Design in close municipal elections, we study how improved opportunities for cooperation in crime prevention among neighboring municipalities - proxied by their degree of political alignment - may result in lower rates of violent crime. We find that municipalities in which the party in power in the majority of neighboring jurisdictions barely won experience significantly lower homicide rates during the mayor’s mandate than those in which it barely lost. This effect is sizeable and independent of which party is in power in the neighboring municipalities.

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