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Hashem Dezhbakhsh, PhD Biography

Professor of Economics at Emory University
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“Although executions provide a large benefit to society by deterring murders, they also have costs; these include the harm from the death penalty‚Äôs 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

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
  • PhD, Economics, Ohio State University, 1989
  • MA, Economics, University of Akron
  • BS, Economics, Shiraz University
  • Recipient, Cuttino Award for Excellence in Mentorship, Emory College, 2008
  • Recipient, Government Accountability Chief Economist Award for Empirical Contributions to a Congressional Request, 2004
  • Recipient, Emory Williams Distinguished Teaching Award, Emory College, 1999
  • Member, American Economic Association
  • Member, American Statistical Association
Quoted in:
  1. Does the Death Penalty Deter Crime?