David Bjerk

David Bjerk, Ph.D.

Russell S. Bock Professor of Public Economics and Taxation

Robert Day School of Economics and Finance
Areas of Expertise:
Crime and Criminal Justice, Discrimination, Inequality and Public Policy, Labor Economics, Law and Economics

David Bjerk
(909) 607-4471
Bauer Center 313
  • Education
  • Research and Publications
B.A., Carleton College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • “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.