Priscillia Hunt

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Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in economics, University of Warwick; M.A. in economics, University of Connecticut; B.A. in international commerce, L'Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Montpellier; B.A. in international business, Texas Tech University

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Priscillia Hunt is an economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research interests include the economic implications of criminal justice policies, particularly at the police and court phases, and evaluation of policies focused on black markets and legal grey areas (counterfeits, non-medical use of prescription drugs, medical marijuana). Some of her current projects include an impact and cost evaluation of various pre-trial diversion programs across the U.S., estimating the effect of private police on crime, and an analysis to support the development of a Performance Management Information System (PMIS) that will identify police and corrections officers at risk for severe disciplinary action. Hunt received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Warwick.

Recent Projects

  • Calculating economic costs and benefits of law enforcement programs to reduce crime
  • Estimating the effect of predictive policing strategies on property crime
  • Development of methodologies to estimate sizes of black markets (counterfeits, illicit drugs)

Selected Publications

Hunter, S., A. Ober, S. Paddock, P. Hunt, and D. Levan, "Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in Addiction Treatment Settings: Design and Intervention Protocol of a Group Randomized Pilot Study," Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, 9(4), 2014

Pacula, R.L., A. Boustead, and P. Hunt, "Words Can Be Deceiving: A Review of Variation Among Legally Effective Medical Marijuana Laws in the United States," Journal of Drug Policy Analysis, 7(1), 2014

P. Hunt, "From the bottom to the top: A more complete picture of the immigrant-native wage gap in Britain," IZA Journal of Migration, 1(9), 2012


  • U.S. Army medical researchers take part in World Malaria Day 2010, Kisumu, Kenya April 25, 2010

    The Economic Promise of Malaria Reduction

    Better understanding of how malaria reduction affects different households, regions, and economic sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa could allow policymakers to assess alternative intervention strategies and allocate resources more efficiently and effectively.

    Apr 24, 2013 |