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Title:Do less-violent technologies result in less violence? A theoretical investigation applied to the use of tasers by law enforcement PDF Logo
Authors:McCannon, Bryan C.
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:Economics / Discussion papers 2009-36
Abstract:The use of a taser by law enforcement can substitute for either a gun (a more-violent technology) or a mildly-violent technology (such as pepper spray or hands-on tactics). Which is used affects both the severity of harm when used and the amount of resistance, which affects how often it must be used. Thus, does the adoption of a less-violent technology lead to more or less violence? This question is addressed in an application to the adoption of tasers by law enforcement officials. A game-theoretic model is developed and environments where resistance to arrest and expected harm both increase and decrease are identified.
Subjects:Law enforcement
less-violent technology
strategic offsetting behavior
JEL:K42
Creative Commons License:http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/de/deed.en
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Economics: The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal - Discussion Papers

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