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  • Carlisle E. Moody

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    (Department of Economics, College of William and Mary)

  • Thomas B. Marvell

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    (Justec Research, Williamsburg)

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    We estimate several models of handguns and crime based on state-level panel data for 1977–1998 using both General Social Survey data on gun availability and a new measure of handgun prevalence. We find that handguns have a negligible effect on crime. Apparently, there is either no causation between guns and crime, or a rough equilibrium between criminals who use guns in the commission of crime and ordinary citizens who use guns to defend themselves and deter crime.

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    Article provided by Southern Economic Association in its journal Southern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 71 (2005)
    Issue (Month): 4 (April)
    Pages: 720-736

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    Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:71:4:y:2005:p:720-736

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    Cited by:
    1. Kleck, Gary & Kovandzic, Tomislav & Schaffer, Mark E, 2005. "Gun Prevalence, Homicide Rates and Causality: A GMM Approach to Endogeneity Bias," CEPR Discussion Papers 5357, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    2. Kovandzic, Tomislav & Schaffer, Mark E & Kleck, Gary, 2008. "Estimating the Causal Effect of Gun Prevalence on Homicide Rates: A Local Average Treatment Effect Approach," IZA Discussion Papers 3589, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Westerlund, Joakim & Blomquist, Johan, 2009. "Are Crime Rates Really Stationary?," Working Papers in Economics 381, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.

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