Jennifer Doleac is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Virginia’s Batten School. She is also a Nonresident Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution.
Doleac is an applied microeconomist with particular interests in the economics of crime and discrimination. She is an expert on how technology and surveillance affect public safety, with past and current research related to DNA databases, gunshot sensors, gun violence, campus sexual assault, juvenile curfews, and the indirect effects of community violence on individual outcomes. A common theme in much of this work is how technology improves the quality and availability of crime-related data.
In her work on discrimination, she conducted a year-long field experiment to test the effect of a seller’s race in online markets, showing that black sellers receive fewer purchase offers and are less trusted than white sellers. In ongoing work, she considers how “Ban the Box” policies affect employment discrimination against ex- and non-offenders.
Doleac holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Williams College. She has spoken at Interpol and the White House, and her research on DNA databases was cited in the Supreme Court’s Maryland v. King case. She was an NBER/NSF Crime Research Fellow, and previously worked at the Brookings Institution and the Congressional Budget Office.