Does the Right to Carry Concealed Handguns Deter Countable Crimes? Only a Count Analysis Can Say*

@article{Plassmann2001DoesTR,
  title={Does the Right to Carry Concealed Handguns Deter Countable Crimes? Only a Count Analysis Can Say*},
  author={Florenz Plassmann and T. Nicolaus Tideman},
  journal={The Journal of Law and Economics},
  year={2001},
  volume={44},
  pages={771 - 798}
}
An analysis of the effects of right‐to‐carry laws on crime requires particular distributional and structural considerations. First, because of the count nature of crime data and the low number of expected instances per observation in the most appropriate data, least‐squares methods yield unreliable estimates. Second, use of a single dummy variable as a measure of the nationwide effect of right‐to‐carry laws is likely to introduce geographical and intertemporal aggregation biases into the… Expand
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