Emily Weisburst

I am an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. My research focuses on topics in labor economics and public finance, including criminal justice and education.

I recently earned my Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. While in graduate school, I worked as a Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President and as a research associate for the RAND Corporation on joint projects with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. I have also received the NAED Spencer Dissertation Fellowship to support my research on the impact of funding for police in public schools on student disciplinary outcomes and educational attainment in Texas.

My research interests include understanding factors that impact police decision-making and public trust in police. I am also interested in how interactions with the criminal justice system affect individuals, families and communities. A recent paper examines how much police discretion matters to law enforcement outcomes, after accounting for offense context. In this project, I find that the likelihood that an incident results in an arrest critically depends on the officer that shows up to respond to an offense reported through a police call for service.

For more information about my work, check out my website: emilyweisburst.com

R. Jisung Park

R. Jisung Park is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy. An environmental and labor economist interested in research that can inform policy, he received his PhD in economics at Harvard University in 2017.

Professor Park’s research focuses on how market failures such as climate change affect social and economic outcomes, particularly in the context of labor and human capital investment. He is also interested in the process by which individuals and firms may – or may not – adapt to climate change, and how our understanding of adaptation informs the design of climate policy.

Methodologically, his work combines micro-economic theory with quasi-experimental research designs to understand the welfare consequences of environmental market failures, and to assess the impact of policies designed to mitigate them.

Professor Park received his undergraduate education in economics and political science from Columbia University (’09), and went on to pursue master’s degrees in Environmental Change and Management (’10) and Development Economics (’11) at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship.

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