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In 2011 professor Kirchgaessner from the University of St.Gallen published an interesting article in Kyklos:

Econometric Estimates of Deterrence of the Death Penalty: Facts or Ideology?

Therein he discusses the long literature of economic analyses of the death penalty in the United States. At the core of the topic there is the question whether or not capital punishment reduces the number of homicides.

After having reviewed several inconclusive previous studies, Kirchgaessner describes the econometric problems that lead to inconsistent estimates. Furthermore he states four questions that need convincing answers by the proponents of the death penalty:

1) Why is the homicide rate in those U.S. states which do not apply the death penalty consistently lower compared to those states applying it?

2) Why does the number of executions not have an impact on the difference in the development of the homicide rates between those states which do not apply the death penalty compared to those states applying it?

3) Why is the homicide rate in Canada consistently lower than in the United States despite the fact that Canada does not apply the death penalty but the United States does?

4) Why does the number of executions not have an impact on the difference in the development of the homicide rates between Canada and the United States despite the fact that Canada does not apply the death penalty but the United States does?

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As seen from my office…

Sunset 1

Sunset 2

Sunset 3

Sunset 4

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Having had quite some misty days in East Switzerland – clear evidence of the nascent fall:

Treetops in an enigmatic forest

Some foggy trees

Road to nowhere

Young deer that couldn't care less about passing hikers

Some shelter in a mysterious surrounding

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Among the best things you can do living in Switzerland is hiking on a sunny summer day. Last weekend we drove to the Säntis mountain and climbed up all the way to Ebenalp (1’640m). Here’s a bunch of snapshots:

Unlike Germans, Swiss people love their flag...

...and seemingly they don't suffer from vertigo...

...or worry about falling rocks.

The view remunerates for the exhausting climbing!

Panorama view

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Summer. Jogging. Wild park.

Beautiful Swiss farm house

Groundhog

Deer

Sankt Gallen countryside

Sankt Gallen

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hiking

Some more hiking pics to bridge the time until NYC and DC impressions are about to come…

Treetops

Swiss military...keep your head down!

Crossing the river via bridge

Crossing the river by foot

Crossing the river by foot...much more fun!

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Still Sankt Gallen, still early summer-like weather.

Swiss mountainous scenery

Sankt Gallen - city center

Some old window

Street lamp

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