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Activity Number: 160 - Editor's Choice: Papers Published in the American Statistician During 2018
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Monday, July 29, 2019 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Biometrics Section
Abstract #303073 Presentation
Title: Guns and Suicides
Author(s): Danilo Santa Cruz Coelho* and Daniel Cerqueira and Marcelo Fernandes and Jony Pinto Junior
Companies: Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada and Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada and Sao Paulo School of Economics, FGV and Universidade Federal Fluminense
Keywords: crime; firearm; suicide; violence; fixed effects; regularization

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 events. To circumvent this issue, we exploit the socioeconomic characteristics of the suicide victims in order to come up with a novel proxy for gun ownership. We assess our indicator using suicide micro-data from the Brazilian Ministry of Health between 2000 and 2010. In the presentation, we will also discuss ongoing study using US data.

Authors who are presenting talks have a * after their name.

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