Aurelie Ouss

Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago Crime Lab


I study economics of crime, and how good design of criminal justice institutions and policies can make law enforcement fairer and more efficient. My work analyzes how legislation and experiences in prison affect recidivism, and the behavioral and economic determinants of sentencing. I am also exploring how innovations in machine learning and uses of 'big data' can improve social policy, especially in criminal justice.

I am currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago Crime Lab, which is directed by Jens Ludwig. I received my PhD in economics in 2013 at the Harvard Department of Economics, under the guidance of Larry Katz, Roland Fryer, Sendhil Mullainathan and Bruce Western. Before graduate school, I worked as a research assistant for MIT's Poverty Action Lab (JPAL), running field experiments on microcredits and conditional cash transfers in rural Morocco. I received a BA in Economics and Sociology from Ecole Normale Superieure, and an MA in Economics from the Paris School of Economics.

Contact Information

Aurelie Ouss
University of Chicago Crime Lab
33 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60602

(773) 702-9643
aouss (at)