Professor and Chair of Economics at Louisiana State University
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"There are a number of significant issues surrounding the death penalty, ranging from potential racial discrimination in the imposition of the death penalty to discrimination regarding who is executed and who is commuted once the death penalty is received. Although it is important to preserve objectivity in evaluating scientific research, because of the nature of death penalty, it seem like ideologues, activists, and some scientists also feel compelled to enter the debate with opinions formed based on selective readings and half-truths. [Our] original findings are robust, providing evidence that people react to incentives in the domain of capital punishment. Yet, this result does not imply that capital punishment is good or bad, nor does it provide any judgment about whether capital punishment should be implemented or abolished."
"The Impact of Incentives on Human Behavior: Can We Make It Disappear? The Case of the Death Penalty," The Economics of Crime: Lessons For and From Latin America, 2010
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:
Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (Germany), Feb. 2010-present
Research Affiliate, Koc University Economic Research Forum (Turkey), Jan. 2010-present
Associate Editor, Journal of Population Economics, Jan. 2010-present
Associate Editor, Journal of Labor Research, Jan. 2009-present
Professor and Chair of Economics, Louisiana State University, 2007-present
Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Oct. 1995-present
Visiting Professor, James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Oct. 2010
Professor of Economics, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC), June 1999-Aug. 2007
Chairman, Department of Economics, UCDHSC, July 2001-June 2004
Professor, Summer Minority Scholarship Program, American Economic Association, Summer 2001
Director, Center for Research on Economic and Social Policy, UCDHSC, 1995-2001
Assistant and Assosiate Professor, Department of Economics, UCDHSC, Aug. 1990-May 1999
Guest Co-Editor, Journal of Drug Issues, Summer 1998
Faculty Research Fellow, NBER, 1989-1995
Visiting Assistant Professor, Manhattan College Riverdale, Sep. 1989-May 1990
PhD, Economics, City University of New York, 1989
BA, Economics, Bogazici University, 1984
Recipient, Research Excellence Award, Louisiana State University, May 2011
Recipient, Excellent in Teaching Award, Louisiana State University Department of Economics, 2010
Received a grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2010 to study the effects of alcohol consumption and alcohol policies on violent crime in New York City.
Recipient, Excellence in Research and Creative Activities Award, University of Colorado at Denver, 1993 and 2005
Book manuscripts in progress (as of Feb. 22, 2013) titled Origins of Vengeance and The Economics of Crime and Punishment