Date Friday, September 6, 2019
Time 12:00 pm
Location King Building, 237

10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

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‘‘Crime and Political Effects of a Concealed Carry Ban in Brazil,’’ a  talk by Rodrigo Schneider, assistant professor of economics, Skidmore College.

This paper studies the effects of legislation in Brazil that banned concealed carry nationwide in 2003, and provided for a voter referendum 22 months later regarding whether to ban the sale of all firearms.

Using a regression discontinuity design, I find that gun-related homicides decreased by 12.2 percent, with the reduction especially pronounced in high-crime areas and among black males. Other crimes involving guns also declined. There is no evidence of substitution effect as non-gun-related homicides were not affected.

Two pieces of evidence suggest that the mechanism explaining this result is a decrease in the number of people carrying gun in response to the legislation: first, the number of illegal gun carrying decreased and second, only gun-related homicides taking place outside the residence were reduced.

Analysis of the subsequent voter referendum, which was defeated by a wide margin, shows stronger support for the complete weapons ban in the areas more affected by gun violence.

Sponsored by the Department of Economics.

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