View all Articles
Commentary By Allison Schrager

Defund the Police Is a Good Slogan but Bad Policy

Economics Tax & Budget

police-funding-crimeOne of the demands of some protestors is to "defund the police" and spend more on social services. The implication is we spend too much on policing. But in fact spending on the police has been fairly flat for the last few decades, while spending on other services such as education and health increased. Evidence suggests less policing means more crime. And basic economics tells us if we spend less on something, we'll end up with worse outcomes. 

Allison Schrager is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. Follow her on Twitter here.

Interested in real economic insights? Want to stay ahead of the competition? Each weekday morning, e21 delivers a short email that includes e21 exclusive commentaries and the latest market news and updates from Washington. Sign up for the e21 Morning eBrief.

Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images