Willingness-to-Pay to Reduce Gun Violence

Philip J. Cook and Jens Ludwig

in Gun Violence

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780195153842
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199849208 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy

Willingness-to-Pay to Reduce Gun Violence

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To obtain a more comprehensive measure of costs, both subjective and tangible, this chapter evaluates a “contingent-valuation” survey that asks respondents what they would pay to reduce gun assaults. Results suggest that elimination of gun use in assault would be worth at least 80 billion dollars per year. Elimination of unintentional shootings and gun suicides would be worth 10 to 20 billion dollars.

Keywords: cost; contingent-valuation survey; gun assaults; gun suicides; unintentional shootings

Chapter.  5910 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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