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, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
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