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The economics of crime and justice is a booming field, owing largely to new sources of data and methodological innovation. This conference was the first of an annual series to be held in alternate years in Chicago and London. It assembled scholars from around the world to discuss recent work on issues involving the economics of crime and the criminal justice system. The series is particularly interested in studies that address pressing policy issues, long-standing problems in the field, or innovative methods.


Friday, May 17, 2019
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:40 am
Collective Bargaining and Police Misconduct

Dhammika Dharmapala (Presenter), University of Chicago

Richard H. McAdams, University of Chicago

John Rappaport, University of Chicago


Police Unions and Officer Misconduct
Felipe Goncalves, Crime Lab New York


Discussant: Sara Heller, University of Michigan

10:40 am - 10:55 am
10:55 am - 12:35 pm
Judicial Mechanism Design

Ron Siegel (Presenter), Pennsylvania State University

Bruno Strulovici, Northwestern University


Does Incarceration Increase Crime?
Evan K. Rose, University of California, Berkeley

Yotam Shem-Tov, University of California, Berkeley


Discussant: Samuel Norris, University of Chicago

12:35 pm - 1:45 pm
1:45 pm - 3:25 pm
Opioid Use, Health and Crime: Insights from a Rapid Reduction in Heroin Supply

Timothy J. Moore, Purdue University

Kevin Schnepel (Presenter), Simon Fraser University


How Globalised is the Market for Illegal Drugs? Evidence from the Darknet
Mirko Draca, The University of Warwick

Stephen Machin, Center for Economic Performance, London School of Economics

Olga Meshcheriakova


Discussant: Jens Ludwig, University of Chicago

3:25 pm - 3:45 pm
3:45 pm - 5:25 pm
Gangs, State Capacity, and Development: The Value of Law and Order

Nikita Melnikov (Presenter), Princeton University

Carlos Schmidt-Padilla, University of California, Berkeley

Maria Micaela Sviatschi, Princeton University


How Valuable are Civil Liberties? Evidence from Gang Injunctions, Crime, and Housing Prices in Southern California
Christopher J. Bates, University of California, Irvine

Michelle D. Mioduszewski, Center for Economic Performance, University of California, Irvine

Emily Owens (Presenter), University of California, Irvine


Discussant: Jeff Grogger, University of Chicago

5:25 pm
Conference adjourns for the day
Saturday, May 18, 2019
8:15 am - 8:45 am
Registration and Breakfast
8:45 am - 10:25 am
Gangs of Medellín: How Organized Crime is Organized

Christopher Blattman (Presenter), University of Chicago

Gustavo Duncan Cruz, EAFIT University

Benjamin Lessing, University of Chicago

Santiago Tobón, University of Chicago


Terrorism Financing, Recruitment and Attacks; Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Pakistan
Nicola Limodio, Bocconi University


Discussant: Stephen Machin, Center for Economic Performance, London School of Economics

10:25 am - 10:40 am
10:40 am - 12:20 pm
The Effects of Parental and Sibling Incarceration: Evidence from Ohio

Samuel Norris (Presenter), University of Chicago

Matthew Pecenco, University of California, Berkeley

Jeffrey Weaver, University of Southern California


Shared Punishment: The Impact of Incarcerating Fathers on Child Outcomes
Kristiina Huttunen, VATT Institute for Economic Research

Emily Nix (Presenter), University of Southern California

Tuomas Kosonen, Labour Institute for Economic Research

Martti Kaila, University of Helsinki


Discussant: Magne Mogstad, University of Chicago

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm
Unveiling the Price of Obscenity: Evidence from Closing Prostitution Windows in the Netherlands

Erasmo Giambona, Syracuse University

Rafael P. Ribas (Presenter), University of Amsterdam

Discussant: Amanda Agan, Rutgers University

2:20 pm
Conference concludes