The Death Penalty: No Evidence for Deterrence
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.
John Donohue and Justin J. Wolfers. "The Death Penalty: No Evidence for Deterrence" The Economists' Voice 3.5 (2006).
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