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Aaron Chalfin

Web: http://achalfin.weebly.com

Aaron received his Ph.D. in 2013 from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.  Trained primarily by economists in a policy school, his research interests are at the intersection of criminal justice policy and the economics of crime.  His current research examines the effect of police on crime and the extent to which there is a relationship between crime and unauthorized immigration.  His past research has considered both the cost and deterrent effect of capital punishment, the relationship between unemployment and crime and the degree to which DNA evidence can be used to solve residential burglaries.  He is also interested in research that advances social science research methods and has written on topics such as measurement errors in observational data and cost-benefit analysis.  Aaron's recent research has appeared in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology and the American Law & Economics Review.

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  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2013 (Public Policy).
  • M.A., Yale University, 2004 (Economics).