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Do gun buybacks save lives? Evidence from panel data

Leigh, Andrew; Neill, Christine

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In 1997, Australia implemented a gun buyback program that reduced the stock of firearms by around one-fifth (and nearly halved the number of gun-owning house-holds). Using differences across states, we test whether the reduction in firearms availability affected homicide and suicide rates. We find that the buyback led to a drop in the firearm suicide rates of almost 80%, with no significant effect on non-firearm death rates. The effect on firearm homicides is of similar magnitude but is less...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorLeigh, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorNeill, Christine
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-10T23:12:38Z
dc.identifier.issn1465-7252
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/64067
dc.description.abstractIn 1997, Australia implemented a gun buyback program that reduced the stock of firearms by around one-fifth (and nearly halved the number of gun-owning house-holds). Using differences across states, we test whether the reduction in firearms availability affected homicide and suicide rates. We find that the buyback led to a drop in the firearm suicide rates of almost 80%, with no significant effect on non-firearm death rates. The effect on firearm homicides is of similar magnitude but is less precise. The results are robust to a variety of specification checks and to instrumenting the state-level buyback rate.
dc.publisherOxford University Press
dc.sourceAmerican Law and Economics Review
dc.titleDo gun buybacks save lives? Evidence from panel data
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume12
dc.date.issued2010
local.identifier.absfor140304 - Panel Data Analysis
local.identifier.absfor140299 - Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationf2965xPUB883
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationLeigh, Andrew, College of Business and Economics, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationNeill, Christine, Wilfrid Laurier University
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage509
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage557
local.identifier.doi10.1093/aler/ahq014
dc.date.updated2015-12-10T09:31:55Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-78149475314
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