Date of Graduation
Master of Science in International and Development Economics (MSIDEC)
College of Arts and Sciences
I examine the Fraternal Order of Police union presence in cities as an explanation for the lethal use of violence. Using a novel dataset of FOP union presence, I utilize a simple log OLS linear model to explore the relationships between FOP unions and lethal use of force. I find robust evidence that FOP unions have higher incidences of death at the hands of police, compared to cities without a FOP union. Exposure to FOP leads to an increase in baseline risk of death by police by 17%. This effect increases for larger cities.
Barger, Scott, "Police Union Membership and Lethal Use of Force" (2021). Master's Theses. 1378.
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