Assistant Professor
Policy Analysis and Management

3221 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall


Max Kapustin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. He studies interventions to improve the life outcomes of disadvantaged youth and adults, particularly ways to reduce their exposure to violence. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2016. Prior to coming to Cornell, he was a Senior Research Director at the University of Chicago Crime and Education Labs from 2016-2020.

"Housing Voucher Take-Up and Labor Market Impacts" (with Eric Chyn and Joshua Hyman), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 38(1): 65-98. Winter 2019.

"The Impact of Housing Assistance on Child Outcomes: Evidence from a Randomized Housing Lottery" (with Brian A. Jacob and Jens Ludwig), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 130(1): 465-506. February 2015.

Working papers

"Implementation as Intervention: Can Changing Management Practices Strengthen Policing in Chicago?" (with Terrence Neumann and Jens Ludwig)

"The Effect of Police Spending on Crime: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design" (with Philip J. Cook, Jens Ludwig, and Doug Miller)

"The Effect of Medicaid on Children's Educational Attainment: Evidence from Chicago"

In progress

“Predicting and Preventing Gun Violence: An Experimental Evaluation of READI Chicago” (with Marianne Bertrand, Monica Bhatt, Chris Blattman, and Sara B. Heller)

"Providing Intensive Wraparound Supports for Disengaged Chicago Youth: A Randomized Evaluation" (with Nour Abdul-Razzak)

"The Lessons and Limits of Predicting Shooting Victimization" (with Sara B. Heller, Benjamin Jakubowski, and Zubin Jelveh)

"Improving Fatherhood Outcomes for Non-Resident Fathers" (with Isaac Ahuvia, Rachael Maguire, and Steve Raphael)

PAM 3600: Economics of Crime (cross listed as ECON 3255)

PAM 4101: Causal Reasoning and Policy Evaluation I (cross listed as ECON 3171)

Ph.D. in Economics, University of Michigan (2016)

Masters in Economics, University of Michigan (2011)

Bachelors in Statistics and Actuarial Science, New York University (2007)

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