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Econ prof @TAMU. Host of @ProbCausation. Director @JusticeTechLab. Co-director @CJExpertPanel. I study crime & discrimination. Links:
Aug 29, 2018 15 tweets 8 min read
We don’t know much about whether education-based interventions can reduce recidivism (for those who already have a criminal record). However, there is a long literature on the effects of education on crime more broadly.

/thread Punchline: education is a very effective way to prevent crime.

Caveat: gathering young people in one place (for school or anything else) can unintentionally increase criminal behavior.
Jul 28, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
It’s wonderful to see economists like @paulgp and @economistified offering to comment on JMP abstracts and intros. Econ JM candidates, take them up on this -- even if you think your writing is good. It can always be better. Better writing makes your ideas easier to appreciate. A common misconception among grad students is that people will read your full paper, giving you 30ish pages of text to make your ideas clear and compelling.
Mar 6, 2018 12 tweets 4 min read
My paper on Naloxone access and opioid abuse (joint work with @anita_mukherjee) is now online:

"The Moral Hazard of Lifesaving Innovations: Naloxone Access, Opioid Abuse, and Crime"… Naloxone is a drug that can save someone’s life if administered during an opioid overdose. It therefore has potential as a harm-reduction strategy to fight the opioid epidemic.
Oct 5, 2017 19 tweets 10 min read
I agree that the CDC should be allowed to study #gunviolence but disagree strongly with this headline 1/n… Gun violence research has not, in fact, been shut down for 20 years. Here are some studies that were done during that time: 2/n