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, a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and a 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. Hunt recently completed experiments to better understand employers' preferences for policies designed to improve the labor market outcomes of people with criminal records. She also conducted a series of cost-effectiveness analyses of pre-trial diversion programs in California, Illinois, and Vermont; studies on the impact of ‘predictive policing’ strategies on crime in both experimental and quasi-experimental settings; and several legal and economic studies on medical marijuana. Her current studies include the impact of restorative justice on recidivism, a quantification of the public's value of restorative justice programs, and the relationship between the built environment and firearm violence. Hunt is active on Twitter at @priscilliahunt. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Warwick.

Recent Projects

  • Experiments into Policies that Incentivize Employers to Hire People with Criminal Records
  • Impacts of a Firearm Letter Program on Gun Violence in Los Angeles
  • The Impact of Chicago's Predictive Policing Experiment on Gun Crime
  • The Impact of Private Police on Crime
  • A System to Monitor Police and Correctional Officer Use of Force

Selected Publications

P. Hunt, R. Smart, L. Jonsson, and F. Tsang , Breaking Down Barriers: Experiments into Policies That Might Incentivize Employers to Hire Ex-Offenders, RAND (RR-2142), 2018

Heaton, P., P. Hunt, J. Saunders, and J. MacDonald, "Short- and Long-Run Effects of Private Law Enforcement: Evidence from University Police," Journal of Law and Economics, 59(4), 2016

Saunders, J., P. Hunt, and J. Hollywood, "Predictions Put Into Practice: A Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of Chicago's Predictive Policing Pilot," Journal of Experimental Criminology, 2016

Hunt, P. and R. L. Pacula, "Early Impacts of Marijuana Legalization: An Evaluation of Prices in Colorado and Washington," Journal of Primary Prevention, 38(3), 2017

Hunt, P., J. Anderson, and J. Saunders, "The price of justice: New national and state-level estimates of the judicial and legal costs of crime to taxpayers," American Journal of Criminal Justice, 2016

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

Jackson, B., V. Towe, L. Wagner, P. Hunt, S. Greathouse, and J. Hollywood, "Managing Officer Behavioural Risk Using Early Intervention Systems: Addressing System Design Challenges for Law Enforcement and Corrections Environments," Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 10(2), 2016


  • 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