Project Staff

Michael Mueller-SmithMichael Mueller-Smith, Director
Mike Mueller-Smith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan and a Faculty AssociateĀ in the Population Studies Center. His research examines topics related to the economics of crime, discrimination, and public assistance programs. He is currently working on studying the household spillovers of the criminal justice system, court deferral programs, felony disenfranchisement and safety net bans resulting from felony drug convictions. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University.

Keith FinlayKeith Finlay
Keith Finlay is a labor economist at the U.S. Census Bureau, where he uses administrative records to increase the quality of federal statistical products. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Irvine. He previously held an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Tulane University. He has published research on the economics of the crime, family structure, and illegal drug use. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Jay ChoiJay Choi, Programmer
Jay Choi received his M.S. in Information specializing in Information Economics for Management (IEM) & Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) from University of Michigan in 2018. Prior to graduate school, he worked as investment analyst in South Korea and graduated with B.A. in economics and Chinese Studies from University of Michigan.

Current Students

Matthew GrossMatthew Gross, Graduate Student Research Assistant
Matthew Gross is a Ph.D. candidate in the economics department at the University of Michigan. Prior to graduate school, Matthew was a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, where he worked on consumer finance research. Matthew earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan in May, 2010.


David SmithDavid Smith, Undergraduate Research Assistant
David Smith is an undergraduate student majoring in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan. His primary areas of interest are data science, machine learning, and computer systems.



Francis FioreFrancis Fiore, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Francis is studying computer science and economics at the University of Michigan.

CJARS Alumni

Shaeq Ahmed, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017-18.
Shaeq is majoring in computer science at the University of Michigan .

Luis Baldomero-Quintana, Graduate Student Research Assistant, 2017-18.
Luis is a doctoral student in Economics at the University of Michigan.

Lauren Lee, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2017-18.
Lauren is studying economics at the University of Michigan.

Ellen Stuart, Graduate Student Research Assistant, 2016-17.
Ellen is a doctoral student in Economics at the University of Michigan.