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Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Mary Evans

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2021 Suzannah M Thomas


This study aims to examine the relationship between police budget and killings by police. Using a panel data set of police budgets and police killings between 2013 and 2019, I estimate fixed effects models to explore the relationship of interest and use a Poisson conditional fixed effects model to examine the robustness of my results. For a given city-year, I find a statistically significant negative association between the proportion of city resources devoted to police resources and killings per 10,000 arrests, and between the Police Budget Per-Capita and killings per 10,000 arrests. I also find, for a given city-year, that the presence of an indicator variable proxying for the presence of an officer-worn body camera program is associated with additional Killings per 10,000 Arrests, and that this estimate is statistically different from zero.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.