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paperwork beat walks increase in justice expansion of police budget constraint increase in order Politicians frequently respond to constituents complaints about crime by promising to enlarge the police force. Adding more officers to the police force shifts the police budget constraint outward and leads to both an increase in justice and an increase in order. Notice however, that if the mayor’s preferences remain unchanged, then the increase in justice will be much larger than the increase in order. allocated to filing paperwork, not patrolling the neighborhoods. Consequently, there will be a large increase in the justice that crime victims receive from prosecutions, but the reduction in disorderly behavior (increase in order) will be minimal. In fact, because our government (broadly defined) places such a high value on prosecution relative to patrolling, the police spend most of their time filing paperwork and very little time maintaining order in our neighborhoods.
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