A Panel-based Proxy for Gun Prevalence in the US

There is a consensus that the proportion of suicides committed with a firearm is the best proxy for gun ownership prevalence. Cerqueira et al. (2108) exploit the socioeconomic characteristics of suicide victims in order to develop a new and more refined proxy. It is...

Guns and Suicides

There is a consensus in the literature that the ratio of suicides committed with guns to total suicides is the best indirect measure of gun ownership. However, such a proxy is not accurate for any locality with low population density in view that suicides are rare...