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The Impact of Mass Shootings on Gun Stock Prices and Sales: Exploring Long Run Correlation

by Petersilge, Stephen

Abstract

Mass shootings have been increasing at an alarming rate in recent decades. While no economic research has currently been completed on the subject, popular literature points to a national response of increased gun sales and rising gun stock prices. By examining the entirety of mass shootings between 2000 and 2016, I explore if all mass shootings elicit a response of increased gun sales, resulting in increased gun stock prices. I examine if there are specific traits of mass shootings that evoke a national response. The results suggest that not all mass shootings induce a spike in gun sales or gun stock prices. However, there are attributes of mass shootings that draw a larger response. This study pinpoints the traits of mass shootings that cause spikes in both gun sales and gun stock prices.

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The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:27081
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
26 pages
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Fenn, Aju
Department/Program
Economics and Business
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2017-05