- Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2003
- A.B, Princeton University, 1996
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Justin McCrary is the Paul J. Evanson Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. An economist by training, he is an empirical scholar who has published extensively on policing, crime, securities, antitrust, econometrics and statistics, and empirical methods in law.
McCrary is the founding director of the Social Sciences Data Laboratory, or “D-Lab,” at the University of California, Berkeley. He established D-Lab as the university’s center for innovation in training graduate students regarding quantitative social science generally and emerging “big data” techniques specifically. D-Lab also is the repository for several large-scale data collections, including confidential collections associated with the Census Research Data Centers.
From 2008 to 2018, McCrary was a member of the faculty at Berkeley Law School where he taught courses such as Business Associations; Litigation and Statistics; the Law and Economics of Discrimination; Quantitative Methods; and Race, Policing and Data Science. In 2011, the University of Chicago Press published his book, Controlling Crime: Strategies and Tradeoffs (co-edited with Phil Cook and Jens Ludwig).
Before teaching at Berkeley, McCrary was an assistant professor at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and an assistant professor in the university’s economics department. He is also a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he co-directs the Crime Working Group. He has received grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Arnold Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation.
McCrary has an A.B. in public policy from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in economics from Berkeley.
- Econometrics and Statistics
- Law and Economics
- Banking and Finance
- Employment Discrimination
- Economics of Crime
- Economic Theory
- Controlling Crime: Strategies and Tradeoffs, (co-edited with Phil Cook and Jens Ludwig), University of Chicago Press, 2011
- “The Deterrence Effect of Prison: Dynamic Theory and Evidence,” (with David S. Lee), Advances in Econometrics, Volume 38, 2017
- 2018 Emerald Literati Award, Outstanding Author Contribution
- A previous version of this paper was circulated as "Crime, Punishment, and Myopia," NBER Working Paper 11491, and a highly similar draft circulated under the title listed above.
- "Dynamic Perspectives on Crime," Handbook of the Economics of Crime, Edward Elgar, 2010
- “Dark Trading at the Midpoint: Does SEC Enforcement Policy Encourage Stale Quote Arbitrage?" (with Robert P. Bartlett), Journal of Law, Finance, and Accounting, forthcoming
- “Are U.S. Cities Underpoliced? Theory and Evidence,” (with Aaron Chalfin), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2018
- “Unmarked? Criminal Record Clearing and Employment Outcomes,” (with Jeffrey Selbin and Joshua Epstein), Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 2017
- “Criminal Deterrence: A Review of the Literature,” (with Aaron Chalfin), Journal of Economic Literature, 2017
- “The Ph.D. Rises in American Law Schools: 1960–2011: What Does It Mean for Legal Education?” (with Joy Milligan and James Phillips), Journal of Legal Education, 2016
- "Conservative Tests Under Satisfaction Models of Publication Bias," (with Garret Christensen and Daniele Fanelli), PLOS One, 2016
- “New Evidence on the Finite Sampling Properties of Propensity Score Matching and Reweighting Estimators,” (with Matias Busso and John DiNardo), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2014
- “Measuring Benchmark Damages in Antitrust Litigation,” (with Daniel L. Rubinfeld), Journal of Econometric Methods, 2014
- “Do Sexually Violent Predator Laws Violate Double Jeopardy or Substantive Due Process? An Empirical Inquiry,” (with Tamara Rice Lave), Brooklyn Law Review, 2013
- "General Equilibrium Effects of Prison on Crime: Evidence from International Comparisons," (with Sarath Sanga), Cato Papers on Public Policy, 2012
- "The Effect of Female Education on Fertility and Infant Health: Evidence from School Entry Laws Using Exact Dat of Birth," (with Heather Royer), American Economic Review, 2011. Programs are available here, but we are not free to disseminate the data.
- "Incomes in South Africa after the Fall of Apartheid," (with Murray Leibbrandt and Jim Levinsohn), Journal of Globalization and Development, 2010.
- "Following Germany's Lead: Using International Monetary Linkages to Estimate the Effect of Monetary Policy on the Economy," (with Julian di Giovanni and Till von Wachter), Review of Economics and Statistics, 2009
- "Manipulation of the Running Variable in the Regression Discontinuity Desige: A Density Test," Journal of Econometrics, 2008. Stat code is here.
- "The Effect of Court-Ordered Hiring Quotas on the Composition and Quality of Police," American Economic Review, 2007
- "Using Electoral Sycles in Police Hiring to Estimate the Effect of Police on Crime: Comment," American Economic Review, 2002. Data available here.
- “Subsidizing Liquidity with Wider Ticks: Evidence from the Tick Size Pilot Study,” (with Robert P. Bartlett), UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper, 2017
- “How Rigged Are Stock Markets? Evidence from Microsecond Timestamps,” (with Robert P. Bartlett), UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper, 2017
- "Deaths in Custody in California: 2005 through 2014," (with Steve Raphael), UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper, 2015
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