Will Dobbie

Harvard Kennedy School


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Working Papers 

Changing Opportunity: Sociological Mechanisms Underlying Growing Class Gaps and Shrinking Race Gaps in Economic Mobility

with Raj Chetty, Benjamin Goldman, Sonya Porter, and Crystal Yang


Algorithmic Recommendations and Human Discretion 

with Victoria Angelova and Crystal Yang

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Increasing the Demand for Workers with a Criminal Record 

with Zoë Cullen and Mitchell Hoffman

Quarterly Journal of Economics, 138(1): 103-150, 2023.

See also: pre-publication version, online appendix

Measuring Racial Discrimination in Bail Decisions 

with David Arnold  and Peter Hull

American Economic Review, 112(9): 2992-3038, 2022.

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Measuring Bias in Consumer Lending 

with Andres Liberman, Daniel Paravisini, and Vikram Pathania

Review of Economic Studies, 88(6): 2799-2832, 2021

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Bad Credit, No Problem? Credit and Labor Market Consequences of Bad Credit Reports

with Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham, Neale Mahoney, and Jae Song

Journal of Finance, 75(5): 2377-2419, 2020.

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Charter Schools and Labor Market Outcomes

with Roland Fryer

Journal of Labor Economics, 38(4): 915-957, 2020

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Targeted Debt Relief and the Origins of Financial Distress: Experimental Evidence from Distressed Credit Card Borrowers 

with Jae Song

American Economic Review, 110(4): 984-1018, 2020. 

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The Causes and Consequences of Test Score Manipulation: Evidence from the New York Regents Examinations

with Thomas Dee, Brian Jacob, and Jonah Rockoff

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 11(3): 382-423, 2019.

See also: pre-publication version, online appendix

Racial Bias in Bail Decisions 

with David Arnold and Crystal Yang

Quarterly Journal of Economics, 133(4): 1885-1932, 2018.

See also:  pre-publication version, online appendix, correction appendix

The Effects of Pre-Trial Detention on Conviction, Future Crime, and Employment: Evidence from Randomly Assigned Judges

with Jacob Goldin and Crystal Yang

American Economic Review, 108(2): 201-240, 2018. 

See also: pre-publication version, online appendix

Consumer Bankruptcy and Financial Health

with Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham and Crystal Yang

Review of Economics and Statistics, 99(5): 853-869, 2017. 

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The Medium-Term Impacts of High-Achieving Charter Schools

with Roland Fryer

Journal of Political Economy, 123(5): 985-1037, 2015. 

See also: pre-publication version, online appendix

Debt Relief and Debtor Outcomes: Measuring the Effects of Consumer Bankruptcy Protection

with Jae Song

American Economic Review, 105(3): 1272-1311, 2015. 

See also: pre-publication version, online appendix

The Impact of Voluntary Youth Service on Future Outcomes: Evidence from Teach For America

with Roland Fryer

The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 15(3): 1031-1066, 2015.  

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The Impact of Attending a School with High-Achieving Peers: Evidence from the New York City Exam Schools

with Roland Fryer

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 6(3): 58-75, 2014. 

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Getting Beneath the Veil of Effective Schools: Evidence From New York City

with Roland Fryer

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 5(4): 28-60, 2013.  

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Information Asymmetries in Consumer Credit Markets: Evidence from Payday Lending 

with Paige Marta Skiba

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 5(4): 256-258, 2013.  

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Are High-Quality Schools Enough to Increase Achievement Among the Poor? Evidence from the Harlem Children's Zone

with Roland Fryer

American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 3(3): 158-187, 2011.  

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Other Publications


The Economic Costs of Pretrial Detention

with Crystal Yang

Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2021.

The U.S. Pretrial System: Balancing Individual Rights and Public Interests

with Crystal Yang

Journal of Economic Perspectives, 35(4): 49-70, 2021.

Measuring Racial Discrimination in Algorithms

with David Arnold  and Peter Hull

American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 111: 49-54, 2021

See also:  pre-publication version

Equal Protection Under Algorithms: A New Statistical and Legal Framework

with Crystal Yang

Michigan Law Review, 119(2): 291-396, 2020.

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Proposals for Improving the U.S. Pretrial System

with Crystal Yang

The Hamilton Project, 2019