Emily Owens


Emily Owens

Associate Professor
137, Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Phone: 607-255-2069 Fax: 607-255-4071
Email: ego5@cornell.edu
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

For the 2013-2014 academic year, Emily Owens will be an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.


Emily G. Owens is an associate professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management. She joined the Cornell faculty in 2007 after receiving her Ph.D. in economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her primary area of research focuses on government regulation of criminal activity. This includes studying how government policies affect the prevalence of criminal activity as well as the structure of criminal justice systems.

Current Professional Activities:

I am a visiting research fellow at the Police Foundation in Washington DC.  I also serve as an associate editor for the International Review of Law and Economics and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.

Current Research Activities:

Emily G. Owens is currently investigating the relationship between policing and arrest rates, and how local government policies influence crime reporting.  She is also conducting research on local economic development affects crime and criminal mobility.

In addition to her work on the criminal justice system, Dr. Owens is conducting research on how changes in the size and composition of the immigrant population in the United States is related to informal economic activity, and the relationship between alcohol prohibition and violence in the United States suring late 19th and early 20th century, and in modern day India. 


B.A.     2002 - Brown University, Applied Math and Economics
Ph.D.    2007 - University of Maryland, Economics

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Selected Publications:

Evans, W. N. and Owens, E. G. (2007). “COPS and Crime” Journal of Public Economics, 91(2):181-201.

Owens, E. G. (2009) “More Time, Less Crime? Estimating the Incapacitative Effects of Sentence Enhancements” Journal of Law and Economics, 52(3) 551-579.

Jackson, C. K. and Owens, E. G. (2010) “One for the Road: Public Transportation, Alcohol Consumption, and Intoxicated Driving” Journal of Public Economics, 52(1) 106-121.


Owens, E.G. (2011) “Are Underground Markets Really More Violent? Evidence from Early 20th Century America,” The American Law and Economics Review, 13(1) 1–44.


Freedman, M. L. and Owens, E. G. (2011)  “Low Income Housing and Crime”  Journal of Urban Economics, 70(2-3) 115-131.


Owens, E. G.(2011) “Truthiness-in-Punishment: The Far Reach of Truth in Sentencing Laws,” Journal of Empirical Legal Studies: Judgment by the Numbers - Converting Qualitative to Quantitative Judgments in Law, 8(S1) 239-261.


Bushway, S., Owens, E.G. and Piehl, A.(2012) “Sentencing Guidelines and Judicial Discretion,” Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 9(2) 291-319.


Bohn, S. and Owens, E.G. (2012) “Immigration and Informal Labor,”  Industrial Relations, 51(4) 845-837.


Bushway, S. and Owens, E. G.(2013) “Framing Punishment: Incarceration, Recommended Sentences, and Recidivism,” Journal of Law and Economics, 56(2):301-333/

Searchable Keywords:
Applied Economics, Criminal Justice, Criminal Statistics

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.