Social Science: Economics of Crime

Department: Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Supervising Faculty Members: Jennifer Doleac

Specialization: Economics of Crime

Research Focus: Professor Doleac’s research considers the causal impacts of new, high-tech law enforcement tools – such as DNA databases and gunshot monitors – on criminal behavior and public safety. Her work measures the costs and benefits of these tools, calculates their cost-effectiveness, and addresses the policy implications of their use.

Job Description:

  • Review and summarize the relevant academic literature.
  • Contact public officials and practitioners for information on law enforcement programs.
  • Gather and organize data from various sources.
  • Compile descriptive statistics.

Required Skills, Courses, Resources, or Background:  1) strong analytical and organizational skills; 2) strong oral and written communication skills; 3) ability to work independently; 4) basic knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel; basic knowledge of Stata is a plus but is not required. 

Training: The student will complete basic training in Stata once hired.      

What You Will Learn:

  • Gain a better understanding of empirical microeconomics research.
  • Become familiar with current research and policy issues in the criminal justice field.
  • Gain experience working with data and a statistical software package (Stata).