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Gun violence in the U.S.: Correlates and causes

Bohdan Kukharskyy and Sebastian Seiffert

No 04-2017, Hohenheim Discussion Papers in Business, Economics and Social Sciences from University of Hohenheim, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences

Abstract: This paper provides a county-level investigation of the root causes of gun violence in the U.S. To guide our empirical analysis, we develop a simple theoretical model which suggests that firearm-related offenses in a given county increase with the number of illegal guns and decrease with social capital and police intensity. Using detailed panel data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the period 1986-2014, we find empirical evidence for the causal effects of illegal guns, social capital, and police intensity consistent with our theoretical predictions. Based on our analysis, we derive a range of policy recommendations.

Keywords: gun violence; illegal guns; social capital; police intensity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I18 J22 K14 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-law, nep-soc and nep-ure
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