Testing for the Effects of Concealed Weapons Laws: Specification Errors and Robustness*

  title={Testing for the Effects of Concealed Weapons Laws: Specification Errors and Robustness*},
  author={C. Moody},
  journal={The Journal of Law and Economics},
  pages={799 - 813}
  • C. Moody
  • Published 2001
  • Economics
  • The Journal of Law and Economics
In 1997, John Lott and David Mustard published an important paper in which they found that right‐to‐carry concealed weapons laws reduce violent crime. Although Lott and Mustard appear to do all possible variations of the analysis, a closer reading reveals that the study might suffer from several possibly important errors. I reestimate the model and check for incorrect functional form, omitted variables, and possible second‐order bias in the t‐ratios. Lott and Mustard's basic conclusions are… Expand
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