An empirical analysis of the effect of the death penalty in missouri

Scott H. Decker, Carol W. Kohfeld

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Recent Supreme Court decisions and public opinion polls show increased support for the use of the death penalty. Much research has been conducted to assess the effect of executions on homicide rates. Most of this research, however, has been conducted at levels of aggregation different from that at which the policy is formulated and imposed. This study looks at the effect of executions on homicides in one state, Missouri, for a fifty year period. Three different types of analysis are presented. No support for the deterrence hypothesis is found. It is argued that these results are of particular significance because of the level of aggregation and time series employed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-46
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Crime and Justice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1987

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  • Law


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