Measurement and Other Errors in County-Level UCR Data: A Reply to Lott and Whitley

  title={Measurement and Other Errors in County-Level UCR Data: A Reply to Lott and Whitley},
  author={Michael D. Maltz and Joseph Targonski},
  journal={Journal of Quantitative Criminology},
Lott and Whitley note that our analyses of the errors in the county-level UCR data used in More Guns, Less Crime (J. R. Lott, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1998, 2000) ignore the fact that all data have measurement error, that the largest errors were in counties with low populations, and that population-weighted regressions were used. We agree that this mitigates some of the effects of the errors, but does not take them fully into account. We also note that this is but one of the… Expand

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