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Taxing Guns vs. Taxing Crime: An Application of the "Market for Offenses Model"

  • Isaac Ehrlich
  • Tetsuya Saito

The interaction between offenders and potential victims has so far received relatively little attention in the literature on the economics of crime. The main objective of this paper is twofold: to extend the "market for offenses model" to deal with both "product" and "factor" markets, and to apply it to the case where guns are used for crime commission by offenders and for self-protection by potential victims. Our analysis offers new insights about the association between crime and guns and the limits it imposes on the efficacy of law enforcement and regulatory policies aimed to control both crime and guns.

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Publication status: published as Ehrlich, Isaac; Saito, Tetsuya. "Taxing Guns vs. Taxing Crime: An Application of the Market for Offenses Model", Journal of Policy Modeling, 32(5), September-October 2010, 670-89
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:16009
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  8. Ehrlich, Isaac & Brower, George D, 1987. "On the Issue of Causality in the Economic Model of Crime and Law Enforcement: Some Theoretical Considerations and Experimental Evidence," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 77(2), pages 99-106, May.
  9. Isaac Ehrlich, 1974. "Participation in Illegitimate Activities: An Economic Analysis," NBER Chapters, in: Essays in the Economics of Crime and Punishment, pages 68-134 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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