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Steven Raphael

Professor and James D. Marver Chair in Public Policy

Steven Raphael


Steven Raphael 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 and racial disparities in criminal justice outcomes.  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).  Raphael is research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the California Policy Lab, 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.

Curriculum Vitae

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Areas of Expertise

  • Labor and Employment
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Criminal Justice
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Economic Policy
  • Program Evaluation
  • Housing & Urban Policy
  • Immigration
  • Poverty & Inequality
  • Discrimination
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Labor Economics
  • Racial Inequality
  • Urban Economics

Last updated on 09/04/2018

Working Papers

Selected Publications

Prison Reform: Alternatives to Mass Incarceration

Prison Reform: Alternatives to Mass Incarceration

Steven Raphael, Henry E. Brady

Date: May 16, 2016 Duration: 29 minutes

2009 Wildavsky Forum Panel Discussion: Changing Inequality: What produces and changes levels of inequality?

2009 Wildavsky Forum Panel Discussion: Changing Inequality: What produces and changes levels of inequality?

Dr. Rebecca M. Blank, Lee Friendman, Mike Hout, Steven Raphael, Robert Reich

Event: 2009 Wildavsky Forum - Dr. Rebecca Blank

Date: March 13, 2009 Duration: 117 minutes



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