Aaron J. Chalfin

Assistant Professor of Criminology

Undergraduate Chair

Ph.D., Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley (2013)

M.A., International and Development Economics, Yale University (2004)

B.S., Industrial & Labor Relations, Cornell University (2003)

565 McNeil Building

Research Interests

Aaron's current research portfolio includes research on street lighting, domestic violence and the relationship between legal access to alcohol and sexual assault victimization.  His past research has considered the effect of police manpower on crime and imprisonment and the relationship between crime and unauthorized immigration, among other topics. He is also interested in research that advances social science research methods and has written on topics such as measurement errors in observational data and the empirical implications of administrative data matching. Aaron is an affiliated researcher at the University of Chicago Crime Lab. 


Selected Publications

“The Intergenerational Effects of Education on Delinquency,” forthcoming, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (with Monica Deza) 

“Are U.S. Cities Underpoliced? Theory and Evidence," The Review of Economics and Statistics 100(1): 167-186 (with Justin McCrary) 

“The Effect of Federal Immigration Enforcement on Local Crime and Policing: Evidence from Secure Communities," Criminology & Public Policy 13(2): 285-322 (with Charles Loeffler and Elina Treyger) 

“What is the Contribution of Immigration to U.S. Crime Rates? Evidence from Rainfall Shocks in Mexico,” American Law & Economics Review 16(1): 220-268