Goldman School of Public Policy - University of California, Berkeley

Steven Raphael

Professor and James D. Marver Chair in Public Policy

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


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.  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 Pubic Policy Institute of California.  Raphael holds a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley.

Curriculum Vitae

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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