“Do White Police Officers Unfairly Target Black Suspects?” by John R. Lott, Jr. and Carlisle E. Moody

The paper is available here.

Data and do file can be downloaded here.


More Guns, Less Crime (3rd Ed., University of Chicago Press, 2010)

MGLCRevision graphing before and after by year.smcl

MGLCRevision Table 4b reverse order.smcl


MGLCRevision Table 4a.smcl

MGLC Rev State

By Decade

MGLC Rev State

Most of this data involves STATA 7.0 data sets. The reason for using this is that the county level data involves a much larger set of control variables than can readily be handled by other statistical packages.  To help with the variable names:

for the demographics

pp = percent of the population

w= white

b= black

n= neither black or white

m= male

f= female

1019= 10 to 19 years of age, etc

so ppbm1019 = percent of the population that is black male 10 to 19 years of age


rpcpi = real per capita personal income

rpcim = real per capita income maintenance (welfare type payments)

rpcui = real per capita unemployment insurance

rpcrpo = real per capita retirement gov payments (SS, medicare)


CCWage = age eligible to have a concealed handgun permit

assaultweaponsban2 = assault weapon ban, either state or federal


the crime data is the natural log of the crime rate (though .01 is added to the crime rate when it is equal to zero)

ao stands for the arrest rate data by type of crime

The data and its sources are described in the data appendix for my book More Guns, Less Crime (University of Chicago Press, 3rd edition, 2010).

More data sets can be obtained by clicking on the following links which will take you to the download page:



The data and “do” file for the original paper by Lott and Mustard, “Crime, Deterrence, and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns,” Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 26, no. 1, January 1997: 1-68 is available here.
STATA data set: sendcounty1997.dta
Do file:



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