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

37 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2010 Last revised: 14 Dec 2010

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Isaac Ehrlich

State University of New York at Buffalo - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); University of Chicago - University of Chicago Press; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Tetsuya Saito

Nihon University College of Economics

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Date Written: May 2010

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.

Suggested Citation

Ehrlich, Isaac and Saito, Tetsuya, Taxing Guns vs. Taxing Crime: an Application of the "Market for Offenses Model" (May 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w16009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1612604

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