about me

I was born in Munich and moved to San Diego when I was in first grade. I am currently a Ph.D. student at the University of California Santa Barbara. I love soccer and my team is FC Bayern Muenchen. I am an avid consumer of cheese and believe that beer is never the answer, it is the question and the answer is: yes.

I will be joining the European University Institute as a Max Webber Fellow in Sept. 2018 and the University of Warwick as an Assistant Professor in Sept. 2019.

Recent Research

Crime and the Minimum Wage

Abstract: How does the minimum wage affect crime rates? Empirical research suggests that increasing a worker's wage can deter him from committing crimes. On the other hand, if that worker becomes displaced as a result of the minimum wage, he may be more likely to commit a crime. In this paper, I describe a frictional world in which a worker's criminal actions are linked to his labor market outcomes. The model is calibrated to match labor market outcomes and crime decisions of workers from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997, and shows that the relationship between the aggregate crime rate and the minimum wage is U-shaped. The results from the calibrated model as well as empirical evidence from county level crime data and state level minimum wage changes from 1995 to 2014 suggest that the crime minimizing minimum to median wage ratio for 16-19 year olds is 0.91. However, the welfare maximizing minimum to median wage ratio is 0.88, not equal to the crime minimizing value.

References

Peter Rupert

University of California, Santa Barbara

2127 North Hall
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
peter.rupert@ucsb.edu

Finn Kydland

University of California, Santa Barbara

2127 North Hall
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
finn.kydland@ucsb.edu

Guillaume Rocheteau

University of California, Irvine

3151 Social Science Plaza
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-5100
grochete@uci.edu

Peter Kuhn

Universtiy of California, Santa Barbara

2127 North Hall
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
pjkuhn@econ.ucsb.edu

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