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Bernd Süssmuth
''A note on death penalty executions and business cycles in U.S. federal states: Is there any nexus?''
( 2004, Vol. 11 No.2 )
Only legal facts should affect the application of the death penalty. This maxim is manifested in the U.S. constitution and stipulated by the Supreme Court. With regard to extra-legal economic factors, it has been applied to practice from 1950 to 1990 with the exception of two states: For Louisiana and Utah a significant countercyclical enforcement is found. A marginal increase of the economic conditions in these two states significantly reduces the probability of the performance of executions in a certain year.
JEL: K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior: General
E3 - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles: General (includes Measurement and Data)
Manuscript Received : Apr 14 2004 Manuscript Accepted : Apr 14 2004

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