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06 August 2006

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Scott Moss

Dohonue also recently did something similar to what Rick just recounted: Donohue and Justin Wolfers tried to replicate the curiously recent proliferation of studies showing that the death penalty deters future crime by others. They found serious data, methodological, and ethical lapses in those "yes there's deterrence" studies, most of which trace to a blatant political agenda of "proving" deterrence -- the legal equivalent of Philip Morris or ExxonMobil researchers pushing questionable "studies" to reach their own desired conclusions.

William Henderson

John Donahue had a line at the 2006 AALS Annual Meeting that really stuck with me. "One study does not settle an important academic dispute; a literature does." That sounds right. bh.

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