Rajiv Sethi, Jose Montiel Olea, Ingrid Gould Ellen, Rosanna Scutella, Yi-Ping Tseng, Gwen Dordick, Peter Messeri, Sarena Goodman, Olga Gorbachev
Don't be shy; what accomplishment are you most proud of and why?
After a few years, Making Room changed around the policy discussions of homelessness, and now there are many economists studying homelessness
I’ve taught a lot of students and some of them I’ve helped.
With very poor information and very little time, I had to decide when to shut down the 1974 Newark summer youth employment program, which had been seriously over-enrolled. I got it very close. A big error in either direction would have been disastrous.
The mayor of Newark in 1990 spent an hour on cable TV talking about what a bad person I am.
If people want to learn more about your research, where should they start?
On homelessness: “Homelessness research: A guide for economists (and friends),” 2019, Journal of Housing Economics 44: 1-25; and Making Room: The Economics of Homelessness; Harvard University Press 1996.
On crime: Shadows of Doubt: Crime, Stereotypes, and the Pursuit of Justice. With Rajiv Sethi. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2019; and “Urban crime,” 2015, with Rajiv Sethi, pp. 1519-1621 in Gilles Duranton, J. Vernon Henderson, and William Strange, eds., Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, volume 5B. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
On race: The Economics of Race in the US, Harvard University Press 2015.
Fun fact about you:
35 years ago I was ranked #35 in North America at 100 miles. 1 year ago I was not ranked #1.