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The Death Penalty: No Evidence for Deterrence

John Donohue / Justin J Wolfers

Citation Information: The Economists' Voice. Volume 3, Issue 5, ISSN (Online) 1553-3832, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1553-3832.1170, April 2006

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2006-04-13

John Donohue and Justin Wolfers argue that Gary Becker and Richard Posner are wrong to think that the death penalty deters murder: they find little empirical support for the claim. If anything, when one looks over the longest period possible (1934-2000) there is more evidence that the death penalty stimulates murder than that it deters murder.

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