America has both the highest gun death rate (12 per 100,000 persons) and the highest gun circulation rate (about 121 firearms in circulation for every 100 persons) of any developed country. Taken together, these statistics might lead one to assume that high gun death rates in America are all but a certain outcome. However, gun death rates vary substantially across America suggesting that a range of solutions to reduce gun death and injury exist. This transdisciplinary volume contains a novel collection of articles that overview the evolution of American gun policy, presents evidence on the efficacy of both policy and non-policy interventions, and provides insight on where we go from here given American culture, norms, and legal structures.
2004 Charlotte Perkins Gilman Fellow
Nancy Folbre is Professor Emerita of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Director of the Program on Gender and Care Work. Her research focuses on the interface between feminist theory and political economy, with a particular interest in caring labor and other forms of non-market work. Her research overlaps the fields of economic history, development, and policy analysis, and touches on game-theoretic approaches to family decision-making.
A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she also serves as co-chair of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on the Family and the Economy, and, since 1995, has been an Associate Editor of the journal Feminist Economics. She is the author of numerous journal, magazine, and newspaper articles as well as chapters in books. Dr. Folbre has been a Visiting Chair in American Studies at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and Visiting Scholar at the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics.