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

Isaac Ehrlich () and Tetsuya Saito

No 16009, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: 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.

JEL-codes: C72 D78 H49 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-05
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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

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