- 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.
- Economics of crime
- Employment discrimination
- Banking and finance
- Law and economics
- Econometric methods
- 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,” Advances in Econometrics, Volume 38, 2017
- “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
- “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
- “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