Professor Justin McCrary

Justin McCrary

  • Paul J. Evanson Professor of Law

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2003
A.B, Princeton University, 1996

Areas of Specialty

Econometrics and Statistics
Law and Economics
Banking and Finance
Employment Discrimination
Economics of Crime
Economic Theory

An economist by training, Justin McCrary is an empirical scholar whose primary areas of interest include antitrust, securities regulation, corporations law, the economics of crime, employment discrimination, banking and finance, law and economics, and econometric methods. He teaches Antitrust and Trade Regulation; Corporations; Litigation, Economics, and Statistics, an experiential course focused on Rule 26 Reports in federal litigation; and, beginning Fall 2023, Antitrust at Trial, a practical course analyzing actual experience in recent antitrust trials to identify what accounted for the outcome.

McCrary, who was a visiting professor at Columbia Law in the fall of 2017, joined the faculty in 2018 from the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught from 2008 to 2018. He was the founding director of Berkeley’s Social Science Data Laboratory, or “D-Lab,” a center for innovation in training graduate students regarding quantitative social science generally and emerging big data techniques specifically. 

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 (courtesy) in Michigan’s economics department. He is also a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he co-directed the Crime Working Group from 2006 to 2018. In 2011, the University of Chicago Press published his book, Controlling Crime: Strategies and Tradeoffs (co-edited with Phil Cook and Jens Ludwig). 

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.


Working Papers

Journal Articles

Book Chapters


  • Controlling Crime: Strategies and Tradeoffs, (co-edited with Phil Cook and Jens Ludwig), University of Chicago Press, 2011.

Resting Articles

Deaths in Custody in California: 2005 through 2014,” (with Steve Raphael), UC Berkeley Public Law Research Paper, 2015.

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