Gun Ownership, Gang Membership, Drug Dealing and Male Juvenile Homicide

Jing Liu, University at Albany

Based on logistic regression model, this study examines the causal impact of gun ownership, gang membership and drug dealing on male juvenile's committing homicide. The sources of the data are surveys collected by Sheley, Wright and Smith in ten inner cities in the states of California, Illinois, Louisiana, and New Jersey, in year 1991. The data set consists of information on 835 male inmates and 758 male students. Consistent with expectation, gun ownership, gang membership and drug dealing are found to greatly increase male juveniles' probability of committing homicide. The author finds that low education, arrest history, and suspension from school are also risk factors for committing homicide.

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