Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/152251
Authors: 
Kukharskyy, Bohdan
Seiffert, Sebastian
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
University of Tübingen Working Papers in Economics and Finance 94
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.
Subjects: 
gun violence
illegal guns
social capital
police intensity
JEL: 
K14
K42
J22
I18
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.