Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, Luskin School of Public Affairs, Department of Public Policy, 2018-Present


Fields: Labor Economics, Public Finance, Applied Microeconomics

Sub-Fields: Crime, Education


University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D. Economics, 2018 (Chair: Sandra Black)

Dartmouth College, B.A. Economics, Cum Laude, 2008

Fellowships and Grants:

Laura and John B. Arnold Foundation: Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) Pilot Study Grant, with City of Long Beach Justice Lab, California Policy Lab at UCLA and California State University, Long Beach (2018-2019)

University of Texas Continuing Graduate Fellowship (2017-2018)

NAED Spencer Dissertation Fellowship (2016-2017)

Richard Worley/Douglas Dacy Fellowship (2011-2013)

Professional Experience:

Staff Economist, Council of Economic Advisers, Executive Office of the President, Washington, D.C., 2015-2016

Research Associate & IES Partnership Grant Liaison, RAND Corporation & Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin, TX, 2013-2015

Research Assistant, Workforce Data Quality Initiative, University of Texas at Austin, Department of Economics/LBJ School of Public Policy, 2013-2014

Research Associate for Professor Paul Gompers, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA, 2009-2011

Associate, L.E.K. Consulting , Boston, MA, 2008-2009

Economic Consulting Intern, Greylock McKinnon Associates, Cambridge, MA, 2007

Economic Analysis Group Intern, Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Washington, D.C., 2007

Working Papers:

Weisburst, Emily. 2017. "Whose Help is on the Way? The Importance of Individual Police Officers in Law Enforcement Outcomes." (Job Market Paper).

Gompers, Paul, Vladimir Mukharlyamov, Emily Weisburst, and Yuhai Xuan. 2014. "Gender Effects in Venture Capital."

Daugherty, Lindsay, Russell Gerber, Paco Martorell, Trey Miller, and Emily Weisburst. 2017. "Identifying Student-Level Factors Associated with Success in Accelerated Models of Developmental Education: A Regression-Discontinuity Approach."

Journal Publications:

Weisburst, Emily. 2019. "Police Use of Force as an Extension of Arrests: Examining Disparities across Civilian and Officer Race." (Forthcoming, American Economic Review, Papers & Proceedings).

Weisburst, Emily. 2019. "Patrolling Public Schools: The Impact of Funding for School Police on Student Discipline and Long-term Education Outcomes." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 38 (2), 338-365.

Weisburst, Emily. 2018. "Safety in Police Numbers: Evidence of Police Effectiveness from Federal COPS Grant Applications." (Forthcoming: American Law and Economics Review).

Cunha, Jesse, Trey Miller, and Emily Weisburst. 2018. "Information and College Decisions: Evidence from the Texas GO Center Project." Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 40 (1), 151-170.

Weisburst, Emily, Lindsay Daugherty, Paco Martorell, Trey Miller and Jana Cossairt. 2016. "Innovative Pathways through Developmental Education and Post-Secondary Success: An Examination of Developmental Math Interventions Across Texas," The Journal of Higher Education 88 (2), 189-209.

Other Publications:

Weisburst, Emily. 2018. "Sentencing Reform Update: The Economic Case for the `First Step Act.' " EconoFact.

Weisburst, Emily and Sandra Black. 2017. "The Economic Case for Sentencing Reform." EconoFact.

Gompers, Paul and Emily Weisburst. 2010. "Founders Fund." Harvard Business School Case Study, HBS N9-211-040, Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing.

Gompers, Paul and Emily Weisburst. 2010. "Charter Communications Bankruptcy." Harvard Business School Case Study, HBS N9-211-035, Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing.


American Economics Association (AEA), Atlanta, GA. January, 2019. “Whose Help is on the Way? The Importance of Individual Police Officers in Law Enforcement Outcomes” (Job Market Paper).

Urban Economics Association (UEA), Vancouver, Canada. November, 2017. Job Market Paper.

Empirics and Methods in Economics (EMCON), University of Chicago and Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. October, 2017. Job Market Paper.

STATA Texas Microeconomics Conference, Austin, TX, Poster Session. September, 2017. Job Market Paper.

American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Antonio, TX, Poster Session. April, 2017. “Patrolling Public Schools: What is the impact of School Resource Officers on Safety, Discipline and Learning?”

Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Washington, D.C. November, 2014. Panel Session with Shouping Hu, Holly Kosiewicz, Tatiana Melguizo, and Trey Miller, “Reflections on Building Research Partnerships between Researchers, Policymakers and Practitioners: A look at Florida, Texas, and California.”

Invited Talks:

2018: Clemson University; University of British Columbia; Claremont Graduate University

2019: University of California, Irvine

Research Center Affiliations:

Affiliate: California Center for Population Research (CCPR), California Policy Lab (CPL), Computational Justice Lab

Professional Service:

Reviewer: Journal of Public Economics; Journal of Labor Economics; Journal of Human Resources; Journal of Empirical Finance; Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency


Personal Interests: Painting (Portraits), Trail Running, Yoga, Live Music, Homemade Ice Cream