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M. Marit Rehavi

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 socioeconomic status on defendants’ treatment in the legal system and the effects of sentencing policy on socioeconomic 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

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

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



Fellow Institutions, Organizations & Growth


University of British ColumbiaVancouver School of Economics


PhD (Economics) University of California at Berkeley

M.Sc. (Economics and Economic History) London School of Economics

AB (Economics) Harvard University



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