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Steven RaphaelProfessor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley

areas of expertise
  • Labor and employment
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Racial Inequality
  • Criminal justice
  • Quantitative methods
  • Program evaluation
  • Economic policy
  • Housing and urban policy
  • Immigration
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Labor economics
  • Urban economics
  • PhD, Economics, UC Berkeley
  • BA, Economics, San Diego State University

Steven Raphael is the Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE). He is a Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and holds the James D. Marver Chair at the Goldman School of Public Policy. His research focuses on the economics of low-wage labor markets, housing, and the economics of crime and corrections. His most recent research focuses on the social consequences of the large increases in U.S. incarceration rates. Raphael also works on immigration policy, research questions pertaining to various aspects of racial inequality, the economics of labor unions, social insurance policies, homelessness, and low-income housing. Raphael is the author (with Michael Stoll) of Why Are So Many Americans in Prison? (published by the Russell Sage Foundation Press) and The New Scarlet Letter? Negotiating the U.S. Labor Market with a Criminal Record (published by the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research). He is also editor in chief of Industrial Relations and a research fellow at the University of Michigan National Poverty Center, the University of Chicago Crime Lab, IZA, Bonn Germany, and the Public Policy Institute of California. Raphael holds a Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley.

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