The Art and Practice of Economics Research
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The Art and Practice of Economics Research

Lessons from Leading Minds

Simon W. Bowmaker

The Art and Practice of Economics Research provides an in-depth look into the research methods of leading economists from across the United States and Europe. This innovative volume contains 25 interviews with practicing economists, presenting insightful personal accounts into an often-misunderstood field.
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Chapter: Steven D. Levitt (University of Chicago)

Simon W. Bowmaker


Steven Levitt was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1967 and graduated with a BA in economics from Harvard University in 1989 before obtaining a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. He was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows between 1994 and 1997 and then joined the University of Chicago, where he has remained ever since, currently serving as the William B. Ogden Service Professor of Economics and Director of the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory. Professor Levitt’s research interests include crime, corruption, the criminal justice system, education, business, race, real estate, and sports. His most-cited articles in chronological order include ‘The Effect of Prison Population Size on Crime Rates: Evidence from Prison Overcrowding Litigation’, Quarterly Journal of Economics (1996), ‘Using Electoral Cycles in Police Hiring to Estimate the Effect of Police on Crime’, American Economic Review (1997), ‘The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime’, Quarterly Journal of Economics (2001), co-authored with John Donohue, ‘Understanding Why Crime Fell in the 1990s: Four Factors that Explain the Decline and Six that Do Not’, Journal of Economic Perspectives (2004), and ‘Understanding the Black-White Test Score Gap in the First Two Years of School’, Review of Economics and Statistics (2004), 231 Columns Design XML Ltd / Job: Bowmaker-Art_and_Practice_Economics_Research / Division: 12Levitt /Pg. Position: 1 / Date: 23/8 JOBNAME: Bowmaker PAGE: 2 SESS: 3 OUTPUT: Thu Aug 23 16:50:48 2012 232 The art and practice of economics research co-authored with...

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