David Abrams

University of Pennsylvania Website

David Abrams is Professor of Law, Business Economics, and Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Voting History

Policing and public safety

Increasing police budgets will improve public safety.

Vote Confidence
Agree 6
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 7
Comments

It depends on how the money is spent. There is good evidence that police presence reduces crime. But a great deal of police activity is of uncertain utility (like police stops) and racially disparate policing may undermine confidence in police and reduce public safety in the long run.

Increasing social service budgets (e.g. housing, health, education) will improve public safety.

Vote Confidence
Agree 7
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 8
Comments

As with policing, it depends how the money is spent. There is great evidence that expenditures on early childhood education have numerous long-run benefits, including on public safety. But there no doubt are social service expenditures that have little to no value.

Increasing accountability for police misconduct will improve public safety.

Vote Confidence
No Opinion 5
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 6
Comments

I don't know of good evidence on the impact of increasing police accountability. I strongly believe that in the long run it will improve policing (which is not identical to improving public safety) although it could have a short-run negative impact on public safety depending on how it is implemented.