An economic analysis of murder and accident risks for police in the United States
The idea that US police are at great risk in their jobs is examined. It is found that their risk of being murdered is actually less than for other people of the same age and sex. US police are, however, at modestly higher risk of accidental death than are other workers. A four equation model, including supply, demand, accident risk, and homicide risk, is estimated and it is found that police are able to influence the accident and homicide risks they face and do affect these risks in response to salary received.