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Prescott, J.J.

Professor of Law
Co-Director, Empirical Legal Studies Center
Co-Director, Program in Law and Economics

3170 South Hall
J.J. Prescott's research interests include criminal law, sentencing law and reform, employment law, and torts. Much of his work is empirical in focus. Current projects include an examination of the effects of sex offender registration and notification laws on the frequency and incidence of sex crimes, an empirical evaluation of the effects of prosecutor race and sex on charging and sentencing outcomes using a unique data set from New Orleans, a study of the socio-economic consequences of criminal record expungement using micro-level data from Michigan, and a paper that develops a theoretical model to explain the use of high-low agreements in civil litigation and then tests the model's predictions using detailed insurance data. Prof. Prescott earned his JD, magna cum laude, in 2002 from Harvard Law School, where he was the treasurer (Vol. 115) and an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After clerking for Judge Merrick B. Garland on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, he went on to earn a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006.

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"Sex Offender Law and the Geography of Victimization." A. Y. Agan, co-author. J. Empirical Legal Stud. (Forthcoming, 2014).​​

"Trial and Settlement: A Study of High-Low Agreements." K. E. Spier and A. H. Yoon, co-authors. J. L. & Econ. 57 (Forthcoming, 2014).​
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"Do Sex Offender Registries Make Us Less Safe?" Regulation 35, no. 2 (2012): 48-55.
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"Do Sex Offender Registration and Notification Laws Affect Criminal Behavior?" Rockoff, J. E., co-author. J.L. and Econ., 54, no. 1 (2011): 161-206.
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"Child Pornography and Community Notification: How an Attempt to Reduce Crime Can Achieve the Opposite." Fed. Sent'g Rep. 24, no. 2 (2011): 93-101.
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"The Challenges of Calculating the Benefits of Providing Access to Legal Services." Fordham Urb. L. J. 37, no. 1 (2010): 303-46.
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Disaggregating Employment Protection: The Case of Disability Discrimination. C. Jolls, co-author. Harvard Public Law Working Paper, no. 106. Working Paper.
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