Jennifer Doleac

Texas A&M University Website

Jennifer Doleac is Associate Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University, Director of the Justice Tech Lab, and host of the Probable Causation podcast. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. Professor Doleac is the Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Expert Panel.

Voting History

Policing and public safety

Increasing police budgets will improve public safety.

Vote Confidence
Strongly Agree 9
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 7
Comments

Assuming that a large share of additional funds will be used to hire additional officers. There is a strong consensus in the literature that hiring more police reduces crime.

Increasing social service budgets (e.g. housing, health, education) will improve public safety.

Vote Confidence
Agree 7
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 8
Comments

My hunch (based on existing research) is that we dramatically underinvest in such programs from a public safety perspective. But not all programs are effective, so we still have a lot of work to do to figure out exactly which programs should get more funding and how to scale them.

Increasing accountability for police misconduct will improve public safety.

Vote Confidence
Agree 4
Median Survey Vote Median Survey Confidence
Agree 6
Comments

Increasing civilians' trust in and cooperation with police should make it easier for officers to solve crimes and protect communities. But we have very little evidence on this -- largely because there hasn't been much policy experimentation in this area.

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