Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Doleac earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University, and holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics (with highest honors) from Williams College. Between 2003 and 2006, she worked as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution and the Congressional Budget Office.
She is an applied microeconomist with a particular interest in law and economics, including how the increasingly-widespread use of DNA databases affects criminal behavior. She has found that DNA databases lead to extremely cost-effective reductions in crime, a result with important public policy implications.
In other work, she conducted a year-long field experiment to test the effect of a seller's race in online markets, showing that black sellers receive fewer purchase offers and are less trusted than white sellers. Her study of racial discrimination has received a great deal of media attention.
Related News & Events
New study from Jen Doleac shows that a certain aspect of DNA use could both help stop crime, and save taxpayers money. read more »
UVA’s Jennifer L. Doleac and William and Mary’s Nicholas J. Sanders conducted the first large-scale analysis of how DST affects crime rates in the U.S., a question researchers had long wondered given the well-known correlation between season, temperature and crime rates. read more »
Jennifer Doleac's research on DNA databases as crime-prevention tools cited in Petitioner's brief in Maryland v. King, heard by Supreme Court on Feb. 26 read more »
Offenders whose DNA is stored are nearly 24% more likely to be convicted within three years read more »
Building better crime prevention, one data point at a time. read more »
Jen Doleac presents the first rigorous analysis of the crime-fighting benefits of DNA profiling read more »
Radio interview with Jennifer Doleac on market racial discrimination read more »
Difference between the two sellers was most pronounced in areas with high crime rate read more »
Black sellers received 13 percent fewer responses and 17 percent fewer offers than white sellers read more »
Jennifer Doleac and Luke C.D. Stein say that race has a hand in determining market outcomes read more »