On the Economic Consequences of Mass Shootings. A new GLO Discussion Paper by GLO Fellow Abel Brodeur and Hasin Yousaf.

A new GLO Discussion Paper finds that mass shootings have negative effects on economies by inducing  pessimistic views of financial and local business conditions and poorer mental health.

GLO Discussion Paper No. 1133, 2022

On the Economic Consequences of Mass Shootings
by Brodeur, Abel & Yousaf, Hasin

GLO Fellow Abel Brodeur

Abel Brodeur

Author Abstract: In this paper, we investigate the economic consequences of mass shootings. We find that shootings have negative effects on targeted counties’ economies. Estimates using three different comparison groups yield similar results. Examining the mechanisms, we find that residents of targeted areas: (i) develop pessimistic views of financial and local business conditions; and (ii) are more likely to report poor mental health, which hinders usual activities such as work, suggesting that shootings lead to decreases in productivity. Further, we find that greater national media coverage of shootings exacerbates their local economic consequences.

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