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Guns and Crime

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  • Carlisle E. Moody


    (Department of Economics, College of William and Mary)

  • Thomas B. Marvell


    (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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