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Description - Evaluating Gun Policy by Jens Ludwig

During the past 50 years the US has reduced the death rate from automobile accidents by one-third, yet the rate at which Americans are killed by gunfire has actually increased. Policymakers have tried to combat gun-related violence and crime in various ways, including imposing more severe sentences, restricting access and banning certain models and designs of guns. This book examines what works by presenting empirical evaluations of a variety of contemporary policies. Among the issues examined are: the relationship between the number of guns in circulation and the suicide rate; the deterrent and "inducement" effects of gun ownership on residential burglary; the impact on domestic homicides of restricting gun possession; and the consequences of more permissive gun-carrying laws. In the overview, Ludwig and Cook conclude that the problem of gun violence in America is not hopeless - indeed, violence rates have declined dramatically during the last decade. Continued success may require a pragmatic mix of new regulations and enhanced law enforcement efforts, guided by ongoing evaluation supported by new and better data systems.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780815753117
ISBN-10: 081575311X
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 469
Imprint: Brookings Institution
Publisher: Brookings Institution
Publish Date: 21-Feb-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jens Ludwig

Jens Ludwig is associate professor of public policy at Georgetown University and formerly the Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution and a visiting scholar at the Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research. Philip J. Cook is the ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy at Duke University. Cook and Jens Ludwig coauthored Gun Violence: The Real Costs (2000, Oxford University Press).

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