The impact of 1998 Massachusetts gun laws on suicide: A synthetic control approach

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The impact of 1998 Massachusetts gun laws on suicide: A synthetic control approach

Category: Firearm Policies, Suicide|Journal: Economic Letters (full text)|Author: L Kahane, P Sannicandro|Year: 2019

In 1998 Massachusetts enacted nearly two dozen gun laws. Using the synthetic control method, we find evidence that these laws led to reduced overall suicide rates for several years, and a sustained reduction in suicides carried out with a firearm.

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