Date of Graduation
College of Business and Economics
Paul J. Speaker
Roger D. Congleton
Joshua C. Hall
Russell S. Sobel
This dissertation is a collection of three essays which explores how public choice and public finance issues affect the provision and production of local public goods. This dissertation looks specifically at the provision of forensic science services. Chapter 2 explores the methodology in measuring how public or private a good is, and finds that ignoring the "zoo effect" can cause upward bias in the measurement of how private a good is. Chapter 3 estimates the cost differences between nationally and locally operated forensic science laboratories, and using an average total cost function, determines that nationally operated laboratories are not more or less efficient than sub-national laboratories. Finally, chapter 4 explores the Leviathan model, and finds that governments can, and in the case of the Deficit Reduction Act of 1984 do, operate in ways that reduce tax revenues.
McAndrew, William P., "Three essays on the political economy of forensic science" (2014). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 420.