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 at the RAND Corporation, professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and Research Fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Germany). Her research interests focus on the economics of crime (particularly operations of the criminal justice system and the behavior of criminals and agents of the criminal justice system) and the study of informal labor markets. Some of her current projects include the effect of private police on crime, the impact of California's "Realignment" policy on prison pharmaceutical purchases, and the cost-effectiveness of Prosecutor-led pretrial diversion programs. Hunt received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Warwick.

Recent Projects

  • Empirically analyzing the impact of marijuana legalization and medical laws on affordability
  • 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

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

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