David Bjerk, Ph.D.
Russell S. Bock Professor of Public Economics and Taxation
Areas of Expertise:
- Research and Publications
“What Can DNA Exonerations Tell Us About Racial Differences in Wrongful Conviction Rates?” Journal of Law and Economics, forthcoming (with Eric Helland).
“Glass Ceilings or Sticky Floors? Statistical Discrimination in a Dynamic Model of Promotion and Hiring,” The Economic Journal 118(July): 961-982.
"Thieves, Thugs, and Neighborhood Poverty," Journal of Urban Economics 68: 231-246.
“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.
“The Differing Nature of Black-White Wage Inequality Across Occupational Sectors.” Journal of Human Resources 42(2): 398-434.
“Making the Crime Fit the Penalty: The Role of Prosecutorial Discretion Under Mandatory Minimum Sentencing.” Journal of Law and Economics 48(2): 591-627.
"Mandatory Minimums and the Sentencing of Federal Drug Crimes.” Journal of Legal Studies 46(1): 93-128.
“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.
“Racial Profiling, Statistical Discrimination, and the Effect of a Colorblind Policy on the Crime Rate,” Journal of Public Economic Theory 9(3): 543-567.
“Measuring the Relationship Between Youth Criminal Participation and Household Economic Resources,” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 23(1): 23-39.
“In Front of and Behind the Veil of Ignorance: An Analysis of Motivations for Redistribution.” Social Choice and Welfare 47(4): 791-824.
"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.
"Re-examining the long-term consequences of dropping out on criminal and labor market outcomes," Economics of Education Review 31(1):110-122.
“Using Samples-of-Opportunity to Assess Gender Bias in Principal Evaluations of Teachers: A Cautionary Tale.” Journal of Labor Research 39(3): 235-258 (with I. Serkan Ozbeklik).
“The Market for Mules: Risk and Compensation of Cross Border Drug Couriers” International Review of Law and Economics 39: 58-72 (with Caleb Mason).
“How Much Can We Trust Causal Interpretations of Fixed Effects Estimators in the Context of Criminality?” Journal of Quantitative Criminology 25(4): 391-417.
“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.
“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.