David Bjerk, Ph.D.

Russell S. Bock Chair of Public Economics and Taxation

B.A., Carleton College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Robert Day School of Economics and Finance


Faculty Website


(909) 607-4471

Bauer Center 313

Curriculum Vitae

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Areas of Expertise

Crime and Criminal Justice, Discrimination, Inequality and Public Policy, Labor Economics, Law and Economics

Selected Research and Publications

  • "Thieves, Thugs, and Neighborhood Poverty," Journal of Urban Economics 68: 231-246 (2010).

  • “Glass Ceilings or Sticky Floors? Statistical Discrimination in a Dynamic Model of Promotion and Hiring,” The Economic Journal 118(July): 961-982 (2008).

  • “Guilt Shall Not Escape or Innocence Suffer: The Limits of Plea Bargaining When Defendant Guilt is Uncertain,” American Law and Economics Review 92(2): 305-329 (2007).

  • “Assortative Marriage and the Effects of Government Homecare Subsidy Programs on Gender Wage and Participation Inequality,” (joint with Seungjin Han) Journal of Public Economics 91(5-6): 1135-1150 (2007).

  • “The Differing Nature of Black-White Wage Inequality Across Occupational Sectors.” Journal of Human Resources 42(2): 398-434 (2007).

  • “How Much Can We Trust Causal Interpretations of Fixed Effects Estimators in the Context of Criminality?” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 25(4): 391-417 (2009).

  • “Racial Profiling, Statistical Discrimination, and the Effect of a Colorblind Policy on the Crime Rate,” Journal of Public Economic Theory 9(3): 543-567 (2007).

  • "Beauty vs. Earnings: Gender Differences in Human Capital, Earnings, and Priorities Over Spousal Characteristics in a Matching Model," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 69: 248-259 (2009).

  • “On the Role of Plea Bargaining and the Distribution of Sentences in the Absence of Judicial System Frictions.” International Review of Law and Economics 28(1): 1-7 (2008).

  • “Measuring the Relationship Between Youth Criminal Participation and Household Economic Resources,” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 23(1): 23-39 (2007).

  • “Making the Crime Fit the Penalty: The Role of Prosecutorial Discretion Under Mandatory Minimum Sentencing.” Journal of Law and Economics 48(2): 591-627 (2005).

  • "Re-examining the long-term consequences of dropping out on criminal and labor market outcomes," Economics of Education Review 31(1):110-122.