Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"Although executions provide a large benefit to society by deterring murders, they also have costs; these include the harm from the death penalty’s possibly discriminatory application and the risk of executing innocent people. Policymakers must weigh the benefits and costs to determine the optimal use of the death penalty."
Cowrote with Joanna Shepherd, "The Deterrent Effect of Capital Punishment: Evidence from a Judicial Experiment," Economic Inquiry, July 2003
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, other relevant advanced degrees, corrections and government officials with significant involvement in, or related to, death penalty issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor, Department of Economics, Emory University, Sep. 1992-present
Full Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, School of Business and Management, American University, United Arab Emirates, 2005, 2006, 2011
Chair, Department of Economics, Emory University, 1998-2001, 2004-2005 (interim chair), and 2007-2010
Visiting Economist, US Government Accountability Office, 2003-2004
Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Ohio State University, 1998
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Purdue University, 1991
Faculty, Department of Economics, University of Akron, 1987-1991