Evidence of Marginal Deterrence: Kidnapping and Murder in Italy

16 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2014

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Claudio Detotto

Università di Corsica (Laboratoire LISA - UMR 6240 CNRS); CRENoS (Centre for North South Economic Research)

Bryan C. McCannon

West Virginia University - College of Business & Economics

Marco Vannini

Università degli Studi di Sassari; Universita di Cagliari - Centre for North South Economic Research (CRENOS)

Date Written: May 10, 2014

Abstract

Empirical evidence of the marginal deterrent effect is provided. Exploring a data set of kidnapping crimes in Italy 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.

Keywords: crime, Italy, kidnapping, marginal deterrence, murder

JEL Classification: K42, H11

Suggested Citation

Detotto, Claudio and McCannon, Bryan C. and Vannini, Marco, Evidence of Marginal Deterrence: Kidnapping and Murder in Italy (May 10, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2469642 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2469642

Claudio Detotto

Università di Corsica (Laboratoire LISA - UMR 6240 CNRS) ( email )

Jean Nicoli BP 52
Corte, Corsica 20250
France

HOME PAGE: http://umrlisa.univ-corse.fr/

CRENoS (Centre for North South Economic Research) ( email )

Via Muroni, 25
Sassari, 07100
Italy

HOME PAGE: http://crenos.unica.it/crenos/

Bryan C. McCannon (Contact Author)

West Virginia University - College of Business & Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 6025
Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

Marco Vannini

Università degli Studi di Sassari ( email )

Via Regina Margherita 15
07100 Sassari
Italy

Universita di Cagliari - Centre for North South Economic Research (CRENOS) ( email )

V. S. Ignazio 78
Cagliari, 09124
ITALY

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