Readership: Students and scholars of law and criminology.
Philip J. Cook, ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy, Duke University, and Jens Ludwig, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown University
"The first effort to make a comprehensive estimate of the price the nation pays for criminal shootings, gun accidents, and suicides committed with guns." - New York Times
"Offers not one but three significant new ideas about how to comprehend and reduce gun violence in America." - The Denver Post
"Cook and Ludwig's approach is ambitious and pathbreaking. Theirs is the first attempt to document the many ways in which gun violence affects the United States, and they consider outcomes that are overlooked in most discussions. This important book will be a model for other research, and it should influence discussions of public policy.... Anyone with even a casual interest in the topic will profit from reading it." - New England Journal of Medicine
"Marshalls new information and research to present a compelling picture of the true dimensions and extraordinary costs of gun violence in the United States. The book also debunks some of the key arguments of the NRA and its academic defenders....What makes Cook and Ludwig's book novel is their careful effort to calculate the total costs of gun violence." - The American Prospect
"An innovative contribution to the growing literature on one of America's most intractable problems." - Publishers Weekly
"[A new book on] the economics of gun violence. You won't believe the numbers." - The Milken Institute Review
"Progress begins on social problems when it becomes possible to measure them. In that spirit come Professors Cook and Ludwig with this exceptional contribution." - Daniel Patrick Moynihan
"A clear, well-written and balanced tour through a maze of competing statistical claims and economic arguments. The Real Costs of Gun Violence is a major contribution to our understanding of both gun violence and the costs of violent crime." - Franklin E. Zimring, University of California at Berkeley
"This book does two things, and it does them with thoroughness, skill, and honesty. It identifies what we should mean by 'the real costs,' and it offers responsible estimates. Readers looking only for ammunition to use on either side of the debate will be disappointed; readers who want the best guidance on how to think about the issue, and how to quantify their thinking, will find clarity, reason, and the best data available. There is no comparable work." - Thomas C. Schelling, Distinguished University Professor of Economics, University of Maryland; past President of the American Economic Association.
"Gun violence diminishes the quality of all our lives, threatening hearts and pocketbooks. No one is immune. Cook and Ludwig document the $100 billion cost of the havoc wrought by firearms and provide compelling proof of the need to end the carnage." - Susan Baker, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
1: Gun Violence and Life in America
2: Victimization Risks
3: How Guns Matter
4: What Counts?
5: Medicatl Coasts: Gross vs. Net
6: The Mythical Importance of Productivity Losses
7: Avoidance and Prevention
8: Willingness-to-Pay to Reduce Gun Violence
10: Appendix A: Data Sources for Injury and Mortality Rates
Appendix B: Computation of Net Medical Cost Estimate
Appendix C: Computation of Productivity Losses
Appendix D: Computations of Contingent Valuation and Quality-of Life Estimates