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Steven Plaut, PhD Biography

Associate Professor of Finance and Business in the Graduate School of Business at the University of Haifa, Israel
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“[T]<he preservation of human dignity requires capital punishment of convicted murderers. The position of Judaism is opposite of the position espoused by liberals. It is precisely because of man's creation in God's image that capital punishment is declared justified and necessary. Human dignity requires execution of murderers, not compassion for their souls.

Moreover, capital punishment is regarded in Judaism as a favor for the capital sinner, a form of atonement and redemption. Ordinary murderers are allowed to achieve atonement for their souls in their execution. Only especially vile murderers – such as false witness whose lies are discovered after the person who was framed has been executed, or a man who sacrifices both his son and his daughter to the pagan god Molokh – are denied execution because they are regarded as beyond redemption through capital punishment. Again, execution preserves human dignity, it does not defile it."

“Judaism’s Pro-Death Penalty Tradition,”, Apr. 23, 2004

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Finance and Business Economics, Graduate School of Business, University of Haifa, Israel, 1988-present
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Economics, Central European University,
    Budapest, Hungary, 2001-present
  • Visiting Professor, Athens Laboratory for Business Administration, Athens,
    Greece, 2000-present
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Graduate School of Management, University
    of California, Irvine, 1997-1998
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Finance, University of California, Berkeley
  • Visiting Scholar, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank, San
    Francisco, 1987-1988
  • Assistant Professor, Economics, Oberlin College, 1978-1980
  • Member, American Finance Association
  • Member, American Economics Association
  • Member, European Finance Association
  • Member, Israel Economics Association
  • Member, International Real Estate Society
  • Recipient, Onassis Research Fellowship for Research on Greece
  • Recipient, European Economic Community Prize for Doctoral Thesis
  • Recipient, Sloan Fellowship, Princeton University
  • PhD, Economics, Princeton University, 1978
  • MA, Economics, Princeton University, 1976
  • MA, Demography, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1974
  • BA, Sociology, Temple University, 1971
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