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Crime, Prosecutors, and the Certainty of Conviction

Horst Entorf

Goethe University Frankfurt; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5670

This paper tests predictions of a structural, augmented supply-of-offenders model regarding the relative effects of police, public prosecution and courts, respectively, on crime. Using detailed data on the different stages of the criminal prosecution process in Germany, empirical evidence suggests that public prosecutors and their influence on the probability of conviction play a major role in explaining the variation of crime rates, while the impact of the severity of punishment is small and insignificant.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 42

Keywords: public prosecutors, certainty of punishment, general deterrence, informal punishment, panel data

JEL Classification: K14, K41, C23

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Date posted: May 9, 2011  

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Entorf, Horst, Crime, Prosecutors, and the Certainty of Conviction. IZA Discussion Paper No. 5670. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1835309

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Horst Entorf (Contact Author)
Goethe University Frankfurt ( email )
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Frankfurt am Main, 60323
Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
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Bonn, D-53072

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