David Bjerk, Ph.D.
Areas of Expertise
B.A., Carleton College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research and Publications
Bjerk, David and Eric Helland. "What Can DNA Exonerations Tell Us About Racial Differences in Wrongful Conviction Rates?” Journal of Law and Economics 63(2): 341-366.
Bjerk, David. “Glass Ceilings or Sticky Floors? Statistical Discrimination in a Dynamic Model of Promotion and Hiring,” The Economic Journal 118(July): 961-982.
Bjerk, David and Seungjin Han. “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.
Bjerk, David. “The Differing Nature of Black-White Wage Inequality Across Occupational Sectors.” Journal of Human Resources 42(2): 398-434.
Bjerk, David. “Making the Crime Fit the Penalty: The Role of Prosecutorial Discretion Under Mandatory Minimum Sentencing.” Journal of Law and Economics 48(2): 591-627.
Bjerk, David. "Mandatory Minimums and the Sentencing of Federal Drug Crimes.” Journal of Legal Studies 46(1): 93-128.
Bjerk, David. “Guilt Shall Not Escape or Innocence Suffer: The Limits of Plea Bargaining When Defendant Guilt is Uncertain,” American Law and Economics Review 9(2): 305-329.
Bjerk, David. “Racial Profiling, Statistical Discrimination, and the Effect of a Colorblind Policy on the Crime Rate,” Journal of Public Economic Theory 9(3): 543-567.
Bjerk, David. “Measuring the Relationship Between Youth Criminal Participation and Household Economic Resources,” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 23(1): 23-39.
Bjerk, David. “In Front of and Behind the Veil of Ignorance: An Analysis of Motivations for Redistribution.” Social Choice and Welfare 47(4): 791-824.
Bjerk, David. "Mandatory Minimum Reform and the Sentencing of Crack Cocaine Defendants: An Analysis of the Fair Sentencing Act." Journal of Empirical Legal Studies 14(2): 370-396.
Bjerk, David. "Re-examining the long-term consequences of dropping out on criminal and labor market outcomes," Economics of Education Review 31(1):110-122.
Bjerk, David and I. Serkan Ozbeklik. “Using Samples-of-Opportunity to Assess Gender Bias in Principal Evaluations of Teachers: A Cautionary Tale.” Journal of Labor Research 39(3): 235-258.
Bjerk, David and Caleb Mason. “The Market for Mules: Risk and Compensation of Cross Border Drug Couriers” International Review of Law and Economics 39: 58-72.
Bjerk, David. “How Much Can We Trust Causal Interpretations of Fixed Effects Estimators in the Context of Criminality?” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 25(4): 391-417.
Bjerk, David. “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.
Bjerk, David. “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.
Bjerk, David. “Socially Optimal Plea Bargaining with Costly Trials and Bayesian Juries.” Economic Inquiry 59(1): 263-279.