Replication data for: Estimating the Deterrent Effect of Incarceration Using Sentencing Enhancements
- Abrams, David S.
AbstractIncreasing 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)
Is supplement to
DOI: 10.1257/app.4.4.32 (Text)
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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