Priscillia Hunt

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Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


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

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Priscillia Hunt is an economist, Pardee RAND Graduate School Professor, and Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). Her research interests focus on the economics of crime, including criminal behavior, operations of the criminal justice system, and criminal justice policy. Dr. Hunt has a number of studies on the costs of crime to taxpayers, the impact of ‘predictive policing' strategies on crime, ways to improve monitoring the use-of-force by police and correctional officers, and the impact of laws on illicit drug market operations. She is currently investigating: the cost-effectiveness of pre-trial diversion and deferred prosecution programs, the impact of prison overcrowding and aging on medication purchases by prison authorities (for communicable diseases, mental health illness, nervous system conditions, acute & chronic pain, and chronic conditions such as diabetes); the short-run impact of Colorado and Washington recreational marijuana laws on the use of marijuana; and time use of police officers, judges/clerks, probation officers, and criminal justice agency staff. Hunt received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Warwick.

Recent Projects

  • The Impact of Private Police on Crime
  • Calculations of the Benefit to Taxpayers of Reducing Crime: A Simulation Approach
  • The Impact of Chicago's Predictive Policing Experiment on Shooting and Homicide Victimization and Arrests
  • Monitoring Police and Correctional Officer Control of Violence using an Internal Benchmarking Approach
  • Evaluating the Impact of Legalizing Marijuana

Selected Publications

Miles, J. and P. Hunt, "A Practical Introduction to Methods for Analyzing Longitudinal Data in the Presence of Missing Data Using a Marijuana Price Survey," Journal of Criminal Psychology, 5(2), 2015

Hunt, P. and J. Miles, "An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulations in Criminal Psychology: Applications in Evaluating Biased Estimators for Recidivism," Journal of Criminal Psychology, 5(2), 2015

Hunt, P. and J. Miles, "The Impact of Legalizing and Regulating Weed: Issues with Study Design and Emerging Findings in the USA," Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences, :1-26, 2015

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 The RAND Blog