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The deterrent effect of executions: A meta-analysis thirty years after Ehrlich

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  • Yang, Bijou
  • Lester, David
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    In 1975, Ehrlich published a seminal paper in American Economic Review which argued that executions prevent murders in America. Subsequent empirical studies varied in their methodology and the time-period/region/country covered, and therefore it is difficult to draw a clear conclusion about the deterrent effect of executions. This article applies a meta-analysis to combine the results from refereed studies in order to summarize objectively the findings. The overall results of the meta-analysis supported the deterrent effect of executions, but the evidence for a deterrent effect depended on the type of study carried out (time-series and panel data versus cross-sectional data and the effects of publicity).

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Criminal Justice.

    Volume (Year): 36 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 5 (September)
    Pages: 453-460

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