Events 2013

Deterrence and the Death Penalty:

Report of the National Research Council

Daniel Nagin

Teresa and H. John Heinz III University Professor of Public Policy and Statistics, Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University; Chair, Committee on Deterrence and the Death Penalty, National Research Council

Daniel Nagin

In April 2012, the National Research Council released the report from its Committee on Deterrence and the Death Penalty. In it, the committee concluded that “research to date on the effect of the death penalty on homicides is not informative about whether capital punishment decreases, increases, or has no effect on homicide rates.” The committee went on to recommend that this research “should not influence policy judgments about the death penalty.” Daniel Nagin, chair of the committee, will elaborate on the basis for the committee’s conclusion and discuss its recommendation for research that might prove informative about the deterrent effect of capital punishment. He will also discuss the importance of this research agenda as part of efforts to better understand the crime prevention effects of noncapital sanctions.

Daniel Nagin’s work focuses primarily on criminology and research methods, from the evolution of criminal and antisocial behaviors over the lifecourse to the statistical methods used to analyze longitudinal data. Nagin is the 2006 recipient of the Edwin Sutherland Award, an elected fellow of the American Society of Criminology and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was appointed chair of the National Research Council’s Committee on Deterrence and the Death Penalty in 2010. He received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
3:30-5:15 p.m.
Lincoln Hall (Levy Mayer 104)
357 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago Campus

With a welcome by Daniel Rodriguez, Dean of Northwestern University School of Law, and commentary by Max Schanzenbach, Professor of Law and Director of the Searle Center, and Charles F. Manski, Board of Trustees Professor in Economics and IPR fellow. This lecture is approved for 1.75 CLE credits in the State of Illinois. This event is co-sponsored with the School of Law’s Searle Center on Law, Regulation, and Economic Growth. For more information, please contact Derek Gundersen at

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Thursday, January 10, 2013
3:00-4:30 p.m.

3245 Andersen Hall, Evanston Campus

Part of the Department of Economics’ Applied Micro Seminar Series and IPR’s Labor & Education Policy Seminar Series. For more information, please e-mail

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