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The Social Costs of Gun Ownership
This paper provides new estimates of the effect of household gun prevalence on homicide rates, and infers the marginal external cost of handgun ownership. The estimates utilize a superior proxy for
Thinking, Fast and Slow? Some Field Experiments to Reduce Crime and Dropout in Chicago*
Three large-scale randomized controlled trials (RCTs) carried out in Chicago are presented, testing interventions to reduce crime and dropout by changing the decision making of economically disadvantaged youth, finding suggestive support for the hypothesis that the programs work by helping youth slow down and reflect on whether their automatic thoughts and behaviors are well suited to the situation they are in.
The (Surprising) Efficacy of Academic and Behavioral Intervention with Disadvantaged Youth: Results from a Randomized Experiment in Chicago
There is growing concern that improving the academic skills of disadvantaged youth is too difficult and costly, so policymakers should instead focus either on vocationally oriented instruction for
Weighing the “burden of 'acting white'”: Are there race differences in attitudes toward education?
Recent reports by ethnographic researchers and media sources suggest that many African American students view academic success as a form of “acting white,” and that peer pressure reduces their level
Homicide and suicide rates associated with implementation of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act.
Implementation of the Brady Act appears to have been associated with reductions in the firearm suicide rate for persons aged 55 years or older but not with reduction in homicide rates or overall suicide rates.
An Experimental Evaluation of a Comprehensive Employment-Oriented Prisoner Re-entry Program
ObjectivesWhile the economic model of crime suggests that improving post-prison labor market prospects should reduce recidivism, evaluations of previous employment-oriented re-entry programs have
Gun Violence: The Real Costs
100 billion dollars. That is the annual cost of gun violence in America according to the authors of this landmark study, a book destined to change the way Americans view the problem of gun-related
Anti-depressants, suicide, and drug regulation.
It is found that an increase of one pill per capita is associated with a 2.5 percent reduction in suicide rates, a relationship that is more pronounced for adults than for children.
Defensive Gun Uses: New Evidence from a National Survey
It is found that estimates from this new survey are apparently subject to a large positive bias, which calls into question the accuracy of DGU estimates based on data from general-population surveys and suggests that available survey data are not able to determine whether reported DGU incidents, even if true, add to or detract from public health and safety.
Research Summary: Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which for the past several years has been the major federal initiative to combat gun violence, includes several elements (such as gun locks and