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Jens Ludwig Harper Lecture available
Jens Ludwig, director of the Crime Lab and co-director of the Education Lab, examines the key causes and potential remedies of youth violence, drawing on examples from the Crime Lab’s ongoing projects.
Council of Economic Advisors report highlights Crime Lab research
A July Council of Economic Advisors report highlights Crime Lab research on the Becoming a Man program and a second cognitive behavioral therapy program that reduces rates of recidivism among youth in Chicago's Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.
Chicago Design Competition winners announced
The Chicago Design Competition announced the winners of a $1 million award, and two smaller grants of $300,000 each to fund rigorous evaluations to three promising programs.
Crime Lab researchers release NBER working paper on cognitive behavioral therapy approaches to reducing violence
The paper, "Thinking, Fast and Slow? Some Field Experiments to Reduce Crime and Dropout in Chicago," was released today through the working paper series of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Authors of the study include Crime Lab director, Jens Ludwig; Crime Lab co-director Harold Pollack; Education Lab co-director Jonathan Guryan; and Crime Lab affiliates Sara Heller and Sendhil Mullainathan.
University of Chicago announces Urban Labs initiative
The University of Chicago announced on March 9, 2015 that it is creating a new network of five Urban Labs to address some of the world’s most daunting urban problems and help realize the promise of cities in an era of global urbanization.
Mayor Emanuel announces $10 million investment to expand One Summer Chicago Plus employment program
The contributed funds will provide 5,000 employment opportunities for Chicago’s youth, tripling the size of the program and adding to the City’s existing $6 million commitment over the same period.
The Crime Lab and the Urban Education Lab, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Get In Chicago announce the Chicago Design Competition
The University of Chicago Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab, with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Get In Chicago, has launched the Chicago Design Competition to fund promising ideas to improve the lives of youth at elevated risk for violence. One or more winning entries will receive up to $1 million each in funding support.
Urban Education Lab and Crime Lab release new report on current large-scale study of Match Education's high-intensity math tutoring program
Read David Kirp's article on this work in The New York Times.
Read the Urban Education Lab's brief on the encouraging findings.
Science article on Chicago’s One Summer Plus youth employment program
A public summer jobs program for high school students from disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago reduced violent crime arrests by 43 percent over a 16-month period, according to a new study from the University of Chicago Crime Lab and the University of Pennsylvania. The results of this randomized controlled trial are published in Science. Study author Sara Heller, Assistant Professor of Criminology at the University of Pennsylvania, began her evaluation of One Summer Plus while a doctoral fellow at the Crime Lab.
Crime Lab recognized as part of White House initiative
The White House on July 21 recognized the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Urban Education Lab among key organizations helping to advance the goals of the White House initiative “My Brother’s Keeper.” Read the White House press release and UChicago News story about the announcement.
Crime Lab analysis used by the City of Chicago in a new report on crime guns
Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Police Department released a report detailing sources of illegal guns in Chicago. The City has also drafted a new ordinance to enhance dealer regulations. Read the press release from the Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel
Crime Lab Director Jens Ludwig speaks at the National Press Club
On May 1, 2014, at the National Press Club in Washington, Crime Lab Director Jens Ludwig spoke on, "The Economic and Social Effects of Crime and Mass Incarceration in the United States." Crime Lab affiliate Stephen Raphael (Berkeley) also presented at this event.