Max Kapustin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and the Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy at Cornell University. He studies interventions to improve the life outcomes of disadvantaged youth and adults, particularly ways to reduce their exposure to gun violence. Using large-scale experiments and other methods, his work measures the causal effects of efforts such as cognitive behavioral therapy and employment for men at high risk of gun violence, mentorship for youth disengaged from school, and data-driven management changes within police departments. Prior to Cornell, he was a Senior Research Director at the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab from 2016-2020, where he remains an affiliate.

Curriculum Vitae


"Housing Voucher Take-Up and Labor Market Impacts" (with Eric Chyn and Joshua Hyman), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 38(1): 65-98. Winter 2019.

"The Impact of Housing Assistance on Child Outcomes: Evidence from a Randomized Housing Lottery" (with Brian A. Jacob and Jens Ludwig), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 130(1): 465-506. February 2015.

Formerly: "Human Capital Effects of Anti-Poverty Programs: Evidence from a Randomized Housing Voucher Lottery," NBER Working Paper 20164. May 2014. (posted 2014).

Working Papers

"Implementation as Intervention: Can Changing Management Practices Strengthen Policing in Chicago?" (with Terrence Neumann and Jens Ludwig)

"The Effect of Police Spending on Crime: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design" (with Philip J. Cook, Jens Ludwig, and Doug Miller)

"The Effect of Medicaid on Children's Educational Attainment: Evidence from Chicago"

In Progress

“Predicting and Preventing Gun Violence: An Experimental Evaluation of READI Chicago” (with Marianne Bertrand, Monica Bhatt, Chris Blattman, and Sara B. Heller)

"Providing Intensive Wraparound Supports for Disengaged Chicago Youth: A Randomized Evaluation" (with Nour Abdul-Razzak)

"The Lessons and Limits of Predicting Shooting Victimization" (with Sara B. Heller, Benjamin Jakubowski, and Zubin Jelveh)

"Improving Fatherhood Outcomes for Non-Resident Fathers" (with Isaac Ahuvia, Rachael Maguire, and Steve Raphael)