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JPAM Announces 2016 Raymond Vernon Memorial Award Winner

October 11, 2016 04:15 PM

Award recognizes excellence in research

WASHINGTON, DC (October 11, 2016) —The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s Raymond Vernon Memorial Award is Kerri Raissian of the University of Connecticut Department of Public Policy for her paper Hold Your Fire: Did the 1996 Federal Gun Control Act Expansion Reduce Domestic Homicides? The paper was first published in the Winter 2016 issue of JPAM.

The Vernon Memorial Award, created by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) in 1985, seeks to annually recognize excellence in research through the selection of a paper published in the current volume of JPAM. This year’s selection committee included Sarah Hamersma (Syracuse University), Dave Marcotte (American University), Peter Mueser (University of Missouri), and Jodi Sandfort (University of Minnesota).

Raissian’s research provides the first empirical examination of the impact of the 1996 expansion of the federal Gun Control Act on domestic homicides and thus provides an important contribution to the literature regarding the role of criminal justice system interventions on family violence. The 1968 Gun Control Act prohibited convicted felons of having a firearm and the 1996 Lautenberg Amendment extended the Act to those who had been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence offenses.

Differences in pre-existing state domestic assault laws as well as differences in Federal Circuit Court interpretations of the Lautenberg Amendment provided variation in the timing of when provisions of the Act applied across states. The analysis makes use of FBI data on firearm homicides aggregated to the state level in a difference in differences model in order to examine the impact of the differential timing of when the provisions of the Lautenberg Amendment applied on homicides among intimate partners, children and other family members. The research shows that the expansion of the Gun Control Act resulted in fewer homicides for female intimate partners and male children as well as for other family members. The reported reductions in firearm homicides are not offset by increases in other types of homicides. The Editor of JPAM, Ken Couch noted, “Raissian’s work is exemplary of carefully nuanced empirical work that examines an important change in social policy and its impacts.” 

The 2016 Raymond Vernon Memorial Award will be presented during the Fall Research Conference Membership and Award Luncheon on Friday, November 4. For more information about the 2016 Fall Research Conference, please visit http://bit.ly/2016APPAM.

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