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Replication data for: Estimating the Deterrent Effect of Incarceration Using Sentencing Enhancements

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1
Resource Type
Dataset
Creator
  • Abrams, David S.
Publication Date
2012-07-01
Description
  • Abstract

    Increasing criminal sanctions may reduce crime through two primary mechanisms: deterrence and incapacitation. Disentangling their effects is crucial for optimal policy setting. I use sentence enhancements due to the introduction of state add-on gun laws to isolate the deterrent effect of incarceration. Using cross-state variation in the timing of law passage dates, I find that the average add-on gun law results in a roughly 5 percent decline in gun robberies within the first 3 years. This result is robust to a number of specification tests and does not appear to be associated with large spillovers to other types of crime. (JEL K14, K42)
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  • Is supplement to
    DOI: 10.1257/app.4.4.32 (Text)
Publications
  • Abrams, David S. “Estimating the Deterrent Effect of Incarceration Using Sentencing Enhancements.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 4, no. 4 (October 2012): 32–56. https://doi.org/10.1257/app.4.4.32.
    • ID: 10.1257/app.4.4.32 (DOI)

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Abrams, David S. (2012): Replication data for: Estimating the Deterrent Effect of Incarceration Using Sentencing Enhancements. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/E113838V1