University of Sydney, Australia
IZA World of Labor role
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Sydney, Australia
Applied microeconomics, economics of crime, early childhood health and development, environmental health policy
Visiting Scholar, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, University of California—Berkeley, 2011–2013
PhD Economics, University of California Santa Barbara, 2013
Life After Lead: Effects of Early Interventions for Children Exposed to Lead. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10872 (2017) (with S. B. Billings).
Avoiding Convictions: Regression Discontinuity Evidence on Court Deferrals for First-Time Drug Offenders. IZA Discussion Paper No. 10409 (2016) (with M. Mueller-Smith).
The Value of a Healthy Home: Lead Paint Remediation and Housing Values. University of Sydney Economics Working Paper Series No. 2015-23 (2015) (with S. B. Billings).
Good Jobs and Recidivism. University of Sydney Economics Working Paper Series No. 2014-10 (2014).
“College football and crime.” Journal of Sports Economics 10:1 (2009): 68–87 (with D. Rees).
Do post-prison job opportunities reduce recidivism?
Increasing the availability of high-quality job opportunities can reduce recidivism among released prisonersKevin Schnepel, November 2017The majority of individuals released from prison face limited employment opportunities and do not successfully reintegrate into society. The inability to find stable work is often cited as a key determinant of failed re-entry (or “recidivism”). However, empirical evidence that demonstrates a causal impact of job opportunities on recidivism is sparse. In fact, several randomized evaluations of employment-focused programs find increases in employment but little impact on recidivism. Recent evidence points to wages and job quality as important determinants of recidivism among former prisoners.MoreLess