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dc.contributor.authorMcClellan, Chandleren_US
dc.contributor.authorTekin, Erdalen_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-31en_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-09-14T11:08:02Z-
dc.date.available2012-09-14T11:08:02Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/62572-
dc.description.abstractThe controversies surrounding Stand Your Ground laws have recently captured the nation's attention. Since 2005, eighteen states have passed laws extending the right to self-defense with no duty to retreat to any place a person has a legal right to be, and several additional states are debating the adoption of similar legislation. Despite the implications that these laws may have for public safety, there has been little empirical investigation of their impact on crime and victimization. In this paper, we use monthly data from the U.S. Vital Statistics to examine how Stand Your Ground laws affect homicides. We identify the impact of these laws by exploiting variation in the implementation of these laws across states. Our results indicate that Stand Your Ground laws are associated with a significant increase in the number of homicides among whites, especially white males. According to our estimates, between 4.4 and 7.4 additional white males are killed each month as a result of these laws. We find no evidence to suggest that these laws increase homicides among blacks. Our results are robust to a number of specifications and unlikely to be driven entirely by the killings of assailants. Taken together, our findings raise serious doubts against the argument that Stand Your Ground laws make America safer.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesDiscussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6705en_US
dc.subject.jelI1en_US
dc.subject.jelK14en_US
dc.subject.jelK42en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordhomicideen_US
dc.subject.keywordstand your grounden_US
dc.subject.keywordcastle doctrineen_US
dc.subject.keywordgunsen_US
dc.subject.keywordcrimeen_US
dc.subject.stwWaffenrechten_US
dc.subject.stwPrivatrechten_US
dc.subject.stwKriminalit├Ąten_US
dc.subject.stwUSAen_US
dc.titleStand your ground laws and homicidesen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn720407664en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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