Steven Raphael

Professor of Public Policy, University of California Berkeley

Areas of Expertise

  • Econometric methods
  • Microeconomics of crime
  • Correctional policy
  • Labor and employment
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Housing and urban policy
  • Immigration
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Discrimination

Key Findings

  • Policy attention should focus on incentives in the criminal justice system. MORE


Steven Raphael, Professor of Public Policy at the University of California Berkeley, is an expert in economic methods, correctional policy and employment. 

Raphael is the Editor-in-Chief of Industrial Relations and a Research Fellow at the University of Michigan National Poverty Center, the University of Chicago Crime Lab, IZA, Bonn Germany and the Pubic Policy Institute of California.  He served as a member of the Harvard Executive Session on Community Corrections and San Francisco Sentencing Commission.

He has been published in numerous scholarly journals and authored the books Why Are So Many Americans in Prison? and The New Scarlet Letter? Negotiating the U.S. Labor Market with a Criminal Record.

Raphael received his Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley and B.A. in economics from San Diego State University.