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Exec Director:  Roseanna Ander


Mailing Address: 

University of Chicago Urban Labs

33 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1600 

Chicago, IL 60602

Phone:  773.834.4292


The University of Chicago Crime Lab partners with policymakers and practitioners to help cities design and test the most promising ways to reduce crime and improve human lives at scale. We focus on the most important criminal justice challenges of our time, including efforts to help Chicago and other cities prevent crime and violence from happening in the first place, improve schooling and income opportunities for those living in communities most impacted by violence, and reduce the harms associated with the administration of criminal justice. By using randomized controlled trials, insights from behavioral economics, and predictive analytics, the Crime Lab aims to help city governments make investments that are cost-effective, targeted and scalable, to reduce crime and keep our most vulnerable communities safe.

Sample Publications

Sara B. Heller, Anuj K. Shah, Jonathan Guryan, Jens Ludwig, Sendhil Mullainathan, Harold A. Pollack, “Thinking, Fast and Slow? Some Field Experiments to Reduce Crime and Dropout in Chicago,” The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Volume 132, Issue 1, February 2017, Pages 1–54. 

Sara B. Heller, “Summer Jobs Reduce Violence Among Disadvantaged Youth.” Science (346): 6214, 1219 – 1223.


Philip J. Cook, Kenneth Dodge, George Farkas, Roland G. Freyer, Jr., Jonathan Guryan, Jens Ludwig, Susan Mayer, Harold Pollack, and Laurence Steinberg. “Not Too Late: Improving Academic Outcomes for Disadvantaged Youth,” Institute for Policy Research Northwestern University Working Paper Series WP-15-01, 1 – 42.


Jon Kleinberg, Himabindu Lakkaraju, Jure Leskovec, Jens Ludwig, Sendhil Mullainathan, Human Decisions and Machine Predictions, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Volume 133, Issue 1, February 2018, Pages 237–293.


Roseanna Ander, Jonathan Guryan, Jens Ludwig, “Improving Academic Outcomes for Disadvantaged Students: Scaling Up Individualized Tutorials.” The Hamilton Project Brookings, March 2016.


Brice Cooke, Binta Zahra Diop, Alissa Fishbane, Jonathan Hayes, Aurelie Ouss, Anuj Shah, “Using Behavioral Science to Improve Criminal Justice Outcomes” ideas42, Crime Lab, January 2018.


Philip Cook, Susan T. Parker, and Harold A. Pollack, “Sources of guns to dangerous people: What we learn by asking them.” Preventative Medicine: 79, 2015, 28-36.

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