Does the Death Penalty Deter?

I mentioned a few weeks ago a paper by John Donohue and Justin Wolfers looking at the econometric evidence on the death penalty. It’s now online (PDF).

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2 Responses to Does the Death Penalty Deter?

  1. num7bat says:

    I thought the death penalty or any sentence was punishment for the perpetrator not a deterrent for others.

  2. Sacha Blumen says:

    Sentences are often thought of as a combination of punishment and deterrent.

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