LDI Briefs

Guns in the Home: Risky Business

May. 20, 2003

This Issue Brief describes case-control studies that investigate links between gun availability and gun death, and supports earlier findings that people with guns in their homes appear to increase their risk of being shot fatally (intentionally or unintentionally) or taking their own life with a gun.

Market Reform in New Jersey and Quality of Care: A Cautionary Tale

Apr. 20, 2003

This Issue Brief evaluates the effect of one reform—the deregulation of hospital reimbursement rates in New Jersey—on one important outcome of care—mortality from acute myocardial infarction (heart attack). The findings serve as a reminder that cost-constraining reforms may reduce the quality of care, particularly for uninsured and other vulnerable populations.