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Title:Crime, prosecutors, and the certainty of conviction PDF Logo
Authors:Entorf, Horst
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Discussion paper series // Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 5670
Abstract: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.
Subjects:general deterrence
certainty of punishment
public prosecutors
informal punishment
panel data
JEL:K14
K41
C23
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-201105173059
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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