The effects of DNA databases on the deterrence and detection of offenders (with Anne Sofie Tegner Anker and Rasmus Landersø).
First draft: March 2016. Current draft: December 2017.
The Moral Hazard of Lifesaving Innovations: Naloxone Access, Opioid Abuse, and Crime (with Anita Mukherjee)
Current draft: March 2017 (online version coming soon).
Does “ban the box” help or hurt low-skilled workers? Statistical discrimination and employment outcomes when criminal histories are hidden (with Benjamin Hansen). NBER Working Paper No. 22469.
First draft: May 2016. Current draft: January 2017.
Media coverage: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Overlawyered, Vox (here and here), McClatchy News (published by several local papers), Weekly Standard, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Houston Chronicle, Pacific Standard, Fusion (here and here), The Atlantic, Michigan radio’s State of Opportunity, The Economist, NBC 29, UVA Today, Human Resource Executive Online, The Guardian, Politico (here and here), American Interest, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Governing, Washington Times, National Review, American Prospect, Bloomberg, Sacramento Bee, Boston Globe, Quartz, Stateline, WMRA
How do state crime policies affect other states? The externalities of state DNA database laws
First draft: April 2016. Current draft: December 2016.
A Promising Alternative: How Making College Free Affects Teens’ Risky Behaviors (with Chloe Gibbs).
First draft: November 2014. Current draft: May 2016.
Keep the Kids Inside? Juvenile Curfews and Urban Gun Violence (with Jillian B. Carr). Accepted, Review of Economics and Statistics.
Preprint version: June 2017.
Moving to job opportunities? The effect of ‘Ban the Box’ on the composition of cities (with Benjamin Hansen). 2017. American Economic Review (P&P), 107(5): 556-559.
Preprint version: January 2017.
The Effects of DNA Databases on Crime. 2017. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 9(1): 165-201.
Media coverage: UVA Today, NBC 29, The Daily Beast, Futurity.org, BBC, Police Professional (subscription only), WMRA’s Virginia Insight (radio interview), Maryland v. King Supreme Court briefs (Petitioner and LA County amicus), NY Times, Boston Globe
Increasing employment for individuals with criminal records. 2016. The Hamilton Project.
The geography, incidence, and underreporting of gun violence: new evidence using ShotSpotter data (with Jillian B. Carr). 2016. Brookings Research Paper.
Under the Cover of Darkness: How Ambient Light Influences Criminal Behavior (with Nicholas J. Sanders). 2015. Review of Economics and Statistics, 97(5), 1093-1103.
The data used in this paper are available on Dataverse
Media and policy coverage: Next City, NPR Morning Edition, Vox, National Geographic, Washington Post, CNN, Washington Examiner, Mother Jones, Popular Mechanics, Gizmodo, Christian Science Monitor, Significance Magazine, BBC, Report of the Special Commission on the Commonwealth’s Time Zone (Massachusetts legislature)
Media coverage: NY Times Freakonomics blog, Stanford Report, Wall Street Journal Real Time Economics blog, USA Today, Financial Times, a radio interview on Crosscurrents (KALW), Daily Mail, UVA Today, The Root, NY Times, Financial Times
Works in Progress
Stress and Testing: How Students Physiologically Respond to High-Stakes Testing (with Jennifer Heissel, Emma Adam, David Figlio, and Jonathan Meer) — for more information see the Stress & Testing Study website
Safer Grounds: measuring the impacts of safety concerns on academic engagement (with Sophie Trawalter) — for more information, see SaferGrounds.org
Improving prisoner re-entry outcomes through large-scale behavioral interventions (with Benjamin Castleman) — UVA Today coverage