Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Steven Raphael ─ What Happens When We Reduce Prison Populations? Implications for Racial Inequality and Public Safety

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Kassar-Foxboro Auditorium, 151 Thayer Street 

The Department of Economics and the Watson Institute present the Economics in the Real World lecture with Steven Raphael, professor and James D. Marver Chair in Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

Steven Raphael is a Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and holds the James D. Marver Chair at the Goldman School of Public Policy. His research focuses on the economics of low-wage labor markets, housing, and the economics of crime and corrections. His most recent research focuses on the social consequences of the large increases in U.S. incarceration rates. Raphael also works on immigration policy, research questions pertaining to various aspects of racial inequality, the economics of labor unions, social insurance policies, homelessness, and low-income housing. Raphael is the author (with Michael Stoll) of Why Are so Many Americans in Prison? (published by the Russell Sage Foundation Press) and The New Scarlet Letter? Negotiating the U.S. Labor Market with a Criminal Record (published by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research). He is also editor in chief of Industrial Relations and a research fellow at the University of Michigan National Poverty Center, the University of Chicago Crime Lab, IZA, Bonn Germany, and the Pubic Policy Institute of California. Raphael holds a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley.