Collaborative and Missouri Foundation for Health Announce Nearly $2 Million in Grants to Study Gun Violence in Missouri
Jul 30, 2020
This study introduces legal firearm prevalence, a measure based on the population of firearm licenses in Massachusetts, in order to evaluate candidate proxies for firearm prevalence in a variety of research designs.
The most frequent proxy for firearm prevalence is the ratio of firearm suicides to total suicides. It has been validated cross-sectionally but not intertemporally, yet 36 published studies use it intertemporally. This project seeks to identify which proxies for firearm prevalence are appropriate for cross-sectional and longitudinal research.
There is no direct measure for firearm prevalence at the national level. This project will (a) expand and update earlier validations of candidate firearm proxies, and (b) explore new candidate proxies. The results should help researchers select valid proxies and help policymakers to interpret previously published studies.
Jessica J. Kim is a doctoral candidate in Quantitative Marketing at the Rady School of Management, University of California, San Diego. Her research interests lie in the intersection of quantitative marketing and policy. She studies firearm purchasing behavior, empirical relationships between firearm sales and crime, and the impact of firearm policy on firearm-related behavior. She has several years of industry experience in marketing research agencies analyzing consumer behavior.