Michael G. Mueller-Smith
Faculty Associate, PSC
Assistant Professor, Economics
Mike Mueller-Smith's research examines topics related to the economics of crime, discrimination, and public assistance programs, most notably the wide-ranging effects of incarceration and the lives of sexual minorities. He is currently working on studying the household spillovers of the criminal justice system, felony disenfranchisement and safety net bans resulting from felony drug convictions.
- Mueller-Smith et al. study effects of violent crime on pregnancy and infant outcomes
- Mueller-Smith's work contradicts Becker's theory that uncommon severe punishment is a more effective deterrent than probable light punishment
- Mueller-Smith finds incarceration increases the likelihood of committing more, and more serious, crimes