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Gun Violence: The Real Costs

Philip J. Cook and Jens Ludwig


Until now researchers have assessed the burden imposed by gunshot injuries and deaths in terms of medical costs and lost productivity. Here, the chapters widen the lens, developing a framework to calculate the full costs borne by Americans in a society where both gun violence and its ever-present threat mandate responses that touch every aspect of our lives. All Americans share the costs of gun violence. Whether waiting in line to pass through airport security or paying taxes for the protection of public officials; whether buying a transparent book-bag for their children to meet their school's ... More

Keywords: gun violence, medical costs, security, protection, gun regulations, law enforcement, harm reduction, American society, productivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195153842
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195153842.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip J. Cook, author
Duke University

Jens Ludwig, author
Georgetown University