Do Executions Deter Crime – Or Make It Worse?

Andrew Sullivan —  Sep 29 2011 @ 10:02am

Chris Blattman reacts to a new paper that says "we basically can't tell:"

If you think (as I do) that the burden of proof ought to be on the proponents of more draconian punishments, well, the burden is not borne.

Eric Crampton points to a similiar paper that Andrew Gelman reviewed a while ago.