Systematic Measurement Error with State-Level Crime Data: Evidence from the “More Guns, Less Crime” Debate

@article{Martin2005SystematicME,
  title={Systematic Measurement Error with State-Level Crime Data: Evidence from the “More Guns, Less Crime” Debate},
  author={Robert A. Martin and Richard L. Legault},
  journal={Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency},
  year={2005},
  volume={42},
  pages={187 - 210}
}
Researchers have recently been cautioned regarding error in the Uniform Crime Reports’ (UCR) “Crime by County” cross-sectional time-series data. These data were the basis for analyses of the effects of laws regarding shall-issue concealed carry weapons (CCW) permits on UCR crime rates in the controversial book More Guns, Less Crime (MGLC). The authors conduct a critical analysis of the state-level data used in that study, compare it to readily available state-level UCR data, and discuss issues… Expand

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