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Meta Analysis of Crime and Deterrence : A Comprehensive Review of the Literature

Rupp, Thomas (2008):
Meta Analysis of Crime and Deterrence : A Comprehensive Review of the Literature.
Darmstadt, Technische Universität, TU Darmstadt, [Online-Edition: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-10548],
[Ph.D. Thesis]

Abstract

Crime and its deterrence have always been recognized as important societal problems. More than 840 empirical studies on the effectiveness of deterrence have been published in the past decades but the question still remains controversial. This meta analysis shows that there is more evidence for the presence of a deterrent effect than for its absence. Moreover, several properties are identified which determine - to a large extent - the outcome of a study analyzing the deterrent effect of the probability and severity of punishment. Beside these findings, this study can be used as an in-depth guide for complex meta analyses in regard to the acquisition of the data, its processing, publication bias and the analysis itself. Finally, detailed information is also provided on the 700 studies included.

Item Type: Ph.D. Thesis
Erschienen: 2008
Creators: Rupp, Thomas
Title: Meta Analysis of Crime and Deterrence : A Comprehensive Review of the Literature
Language: English
Abstract:

Crime and its deterrence have always been recognized as important societal problems. More than 840 empirical studies on the effectiveness of deterrence have been published in the past decades but the question still remains controversial. This meta analysis shows that there is more evidence for the presence of a deterrent effect than for its absence. Moreover, several properties are identified which determine - to a large extent - the outcome of a study analyzing the deterrent effect of the probability and severity of punishment. Beside these findings, this study can be used as an in-depth guide for complex meta analyses in regard to the acquisition of the data, its processing, publication bias and the analysis itself. Finally, detailed information is also provided on the 700 studies included.

Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Publisher: Technische Universität
Uncontrolled Keywords: Meta Analysis, Crime, Deterrence, Publication Bias, Literature Review, Data Mining, K14, K42
Divisions: Study Areas
01 Department of Law and Economics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2008 09:23
Official URL: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-10548
License: Creative Commons: Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0
Referees: Entorf, Prof. Dr. Horst and Rürup, Prof. Dr. Bert
Refereed / Verteidigung / mdl. Prüfung: 1 July 2008
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Alternative keywordsLanguage
Metaanalyse, Kriminalität, Abschreckung, Publikationsverzerrung, LiteraturübersichtGerman
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Kriminalität und ihre Bekämpfung werden seit jeher als wichtige gesellschaftliche Probleme erkannt. In den letzten Jahrzehnten wurden mehr als 840 Studien veröffentlicht welche die abschreckende Wirkung von Strafe untersuchen - ohne zu einem abschließenden Urteil zu kommen. Diese Meta Analyse zeigt, dass die Nullhypothese der Nichtexistenz eines solchen Abschreckungseffekter eher abgelehnt werden kann. Weiterhin werden einige wichtige Determinanten identifiziert, welche die Resultate solcher Studien - in wie weit Strafwahrscheinlichkeit und Strafhärte eine abschreckende Wirkung auf potentielle Delinquenz haben - erheblich beeinflussen. Neben diesen Ergebnissen kann diese Studie als Leitfaden für zukünftige komplexe Meta Analysen dienen; sowohl im Hinblick auf die Datenbeschaffung, deren Aufbereitung, der Identifizierung eines Publication Bias und der eigentlichen Meta Analyse. Weiterhin werden zahlreiche Eigenschaften der 700 berücksichtigten Studien detailliert beschrieben.German
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