A Note on Marginal Deterrence: Evidence

TitleA Note on Marginal Deterrence: Evidence
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsC. Detotto, BC. McCannon, M. Vannini
Keywordscrime, kidnapping, marginal deterrence, murder, sardinia

Empirical evidence of the marginal deterrent effect is provided. Exploring a data set of kidnapping crimes in Sardinia between 1960 and 2012 changes in Italian policy regarding sanctions for kidnapping and their associated impact on murders is considered. Deaths associated with kidnappings increase in prevalence when the kidnapping sanction increased, causing a decrease the marginal sanction for murder. Death rates reversed when enhanced sanctions for murder were later introduced.

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