M. Marit Rehavi



  • Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth


  • University of British Columbia
Vancouver School of Economics


  • Canada


PhD (Economics), University of California, Berkeley
MSc (Economics and Economic History), London School of Economics
AB (Economics), Harvard University


Marit Rehavi’s research explores incentives and decision-making in medicine, politics and law.

Her current research focuses on the effects of career concerns and political considerations on prosecutors’ and judges’ decisions. She has also measured the effect of socio-economic status on defendants’ treatment in the legal system and the effects of sentencing policy on socio-economic disparities. Her other research interests include quantifying the effects of politician and expert identity on the exercise of discretion in government policy.


Early Career Scholar, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, 2011

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellowship, 2008

George Break Prize in Public Finance, University of California, Berkeley, 2006

Relevant Publications

Rehavi, M., and S.B. Starr. "Racial Disparity in Federal Criminal Sentences." J. Polit. Econ. 122, no. 6 (December 2014).

Starr, S.B., and M. M. Rehavi. "Mandatory sentencing and racial disparity: Assessing the role of prosecutors and the effects of Booker." Yale LJ 123 (2013): 2–80.