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Self-Execution,Capital Punishment,and the Economics of Murder: Analysis of U.K.Statistics Suggests that Suicide by Murder Suspects is Not Influenced by the Probability of Execution

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    (University of Bradford)

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During the period when capital punishment was regularly used in England and Wales, the risk of self-execution from suicide, when suspected of murder, greatly dominated the risk of death at the hands of the state. Over the period 1900-1949, even with four years' data missing, there were 1,540 suicides by those suspected of murder. Using econometric analysis it is found that there is no significant relationship between self-execution and state execution. Copyright 2001 The American Journal of Economics and Sociology.

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  • Samuel Cameron, 2001. "Self-Execution,Capital Punishment,and the Economics of Murder: Analysis of U.K.Statistics Suggests that Suicide by Murder Suspects is Not Influenced by the Probability of Execution," American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 60(4), pages 881-890, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ajecsc:v:60:y:2001:i:4:p:881-890
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