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Reflections on a critique

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  • Dale Cloninger
  • Roberto Marchesini

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Critiques of scholarly research contain their own flaws; sometimes even more so than the work they are critiquing. Such is the case of the critique of our research authored by John Donohue and Jason Wolfers. Published in the Stanford Law Review their paper avoided the blind peer review process and consequently contains elements that undoubtedly would not have survived peer review. That possibility aside, we show that their alternative measures of criminal activity have no theoretical basis nor any empirical precedent within the modified portfolio approach employed in our research. Putting even that aside, we show that their empirical results are not inconsistent with ours. Thus, upon reflection, we see no justification to amend, modify or otherwise alter our methods or results.

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  • Dale Cloninger & Roberto Marchesini, 2009. "Reflections on a critique," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 16(17), pages 1709-1711.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:16:y:2009:i:17:p:1709-1711 DOI: 10.1080/13504850701604177
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    1. Hashem Dezhbakhsh & Paul Rubin, 2011. "From the 'econometrics of capital punishment' to the 'capital punishment' of econometrics: on the use and abuse of sensitivity analysis," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(25), pages 3655-3670.

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