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Revisiting the Question 'More Guns, Less Crime?' New Estimates Using Spatial Econometric Techniques

10 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2014  

Donald J. Lacombe

West Virginia University - Regional Research Institute

Amanda Ross

West Virginia University - Department of Economics

Date Written: January 31, 2014

Abstract

In a highly debated paper, Lott & Mustard (1997) found that allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns reduced crime. Since then, numerous researchers have questioned the validity of the findings. In addition, ongoing work has shown there is an important spatial component to crime. In this paper, we use spatial econometric techniques to estimate the impact of adoption of concealed weapons laws by some states on crime rates across the U.S. We find there are spillover effects of concealed weapons laws and that spatial dependence plays an important role when estimating the effect of these laws on crime.

Keywords: right-to-carry laws, spatial panel data models, spatial econometrics, crime

JEL Classification: C21, C31

Suggested Citation

Lacombe, Donald J. and Ross, Amanda, Revisiting the Question 'More Guns, Less Crime?' New Estimates Using Spatial Econometric Techniques (January 31, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2389105 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2389105

Donald J. Lacombe (Contact Author)

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Amanda Ross

West Virginia University - Department of Economics ( email )

Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

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