Estimating the causal effect of gun prevalence on homicide rates : a local average treatment effect approach

  title={Estimating the causal effect of gun prevalence on homicide rates : a local average treatment effect approach},
  author={Tomislav V. Kovandzic and Gary D Kleck},
Estimating the Causal Effect of Gun Prevalence on Homicide Rates: A Local Average Treatment Effect Approach This paper uses a “local average treatment effect” (LATE) framework in an attempt to disentangle the separate effects of criminal and noncriminal gun prevalence on violence rates. We first show that a number of previous studies have failed to properly address the problems of endogeneity, proxy validity, or heterogeneity in criminality. We demonstrate that the time series proxy problem is… CONTINUE READING
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