Priscillia Hunt

priscillia hunt
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 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 has a number of studies on the costs of crime, the impact of ‘predictive policing' strategies on crime, ways to improve monitoring the use-of-force by police and corrections officers, and the impact of laws on illicit drug market operations. Her current studies include a survey-based experiment with employers on policy preferences for people with criminal records; the cost-effectiveness of pre-trial diversion and deferred prosecution programs; and patterns of work of police officers, judges/clerks, and probation officers. Hunt received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Warwick.

Recent Projects

  • The Impact of Private Police on Crime
  • Police and Court Benefits of Reducing Crime
  • The Impact of Chicago's Predictive Policing Experiment on Gun Crime
  • A System to Monitor Police and Correctional Officer Use of Force
  • Impacts of a Firearm Letter Program on Gun Violence in Los Angeles

Selected Publications

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

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, :1-25, 2016

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):889-912, 2016

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

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

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


  • 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