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Steven D. Levitt

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Joint appointment

William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago


Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Curriculum vitae


Steven D. Levitt is a Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. He is also the Alvin H. Baum Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, and is the director of The Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory. In 2004, he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, which recognizes the most influential economist in America under the age of 40. More recently, he was named one of Time…

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Research focus

Crime, the criminal justice system, and corruption, and a wide variety of issues related to racial disparity and education.


“What Can Be Done To Improve Struggling High Schools?” (with J. Berry, E. Robertson and S. Sadoff)
27 The Journal of Economic Perspectives 133
“Testing for racial differences in the mental ability of young children” (with G. R. Fryer, Jr.)
103 The American Economic Review 981
“Is Texas Hold'Em a Game of Chance? A Legal and Economic Analysis” (with T. Miles & A. Rosenfield)
101 Georgetown Law Journal 581

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Keynote Speaker, University Foundation Banquet
Sep 2011
William E. Simon Memorial Lecture, 2011 Simon New York City Conference
May 2011
Nov 2009

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Director, Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory, University of Chicago
  • Editor, Journal of Political Economy


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