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Brett FischerMathematica

areas of expertise
  • Education policy
  • Criminal justice
  • Labor economics
  • Program evaluation
  • Quantitative methods
  • PhD, Economics, University of Virginia
  • MA, Economics, University of Virginia
  • BA, Economics, English literature, Mathematics, Arizona State University

Brett Fischer is a researcher at Mathematica, in the Human Services Division. Prior to this role, he was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Policy Lab.

Brett’s research uses applied microeconomic methods to better understand how to make more equitable public policy, particularly in education and criminal justice. An economist by training, his overarching goal is to translate nuanced policy questions into actionable insights. His academic work analyses a range of topics, including the benefits of school board diversity and the impact of prosecutors and defense attorneys on incarceration rates. As a postdoc at CPL, Brett focused on actionable research about the economic well-being of Californians, including measuring the take-up of anti-poverty tax credits; understanding the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic; and evaluating pre-trial interventions for criminal defendants.

Outside of work, Brett is an enthusiastic reader, runner, and traveler.

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