New Claims about Executions and General Deterrence: Déjà Vu All Over Again?

By Richard Berk / Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, on 1 January 2005

A number of papers have recently appeared claiming to show that in the United States executions deter serious crime. There are many statistical problems with the data analyses reported. This paper addresses the problem of “influence,” which occurs when a very small and atypical fraction of the data dominate the statistical results.

  • Document type Article
  • Countries list United States
  • Themes list Deterrence ,