The Review of Black Political Economy

, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 21–34 | Cite as

The Spillover Effect of Race on Police Expenditures: An Alternative Test of the Minority Threat Hypothesis

  • Olugbenga AjiloreEmail author


This paper implements a novel application of spatial econometrics to test the minority threat hypothesis by estimating the relationship and potential spillovers between race and police expenditures. This paper uses a strategic interaction framework to describe the mechanism that may drive expenditure spillovers as well as demographic spillovers. Estimating a Spatial Durbin Model (SDM), the findings of this study show counties with more residential segregation and are more conservative exhibit positive spillovers on neighboring county police expenditures. This paper makes a contribution by showing the effects of greater minority threat is not limited within geographic boundaries.


Minority threat Police spending Spatial spillovers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of ToledoToledoUSA

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