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SEMINARIO CEA-MIPP: «Political Alignment and Inter-Jurisdictional Cooperation: Evidence from Crime in Mexico», Emilio Depetris-Chauvin (PUC)


Cuándo: 05 de Octubre de 2022 – 12:00 PM Santiago.
Dónde: Sala de Consejo, Beauchef 851, piso 4 | Departamento de Ingeniería
Tema: Political Alignment and Inter-Jurisdictional Cooperation: Evidence
from Crime in Mexico
Presenta: Emilio Depetris-Chauvin (PUC)

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, due to
increased political alignment between mayors, may result in lower rates of
violent crime. We find that municipalities in which the party in power in
the neighboring jurisdictions barely wins tend to cooperate more with their
neighbors and to experience lower homicide rates in the following years than
those in which it barely lost. This effect is sizeable and robust, is
increasing in the share of neighboring munici- palities governed by the same
party, is independent of which party governs the neighboring municipalities,
and does not appear to be driven by improved cooperation with either federal
or state authorities. Our findings suggest that, in the presence of
geographical spillovers, favoring horizontal cooperation may be an effective
way of improving the provision of local public goods.

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