Monica Deza is an associate professor in the Economics Department and a senior research associate in the Center for Policy Research. She received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California Berkeley in 2012, where her research interests included economics of crime and risky health behaviors, labor economics and economic demography.
Deza’s research examines determinants of risky health behaviors among youth, particularly drug use and criminal behavior, using empirical methods that run the gamut from quasi-experimental to structural. Deza’s research provides a means of better understanding the extent to which policies that are not specifically intended to decrease crime (e.g. education, access to mental health, labor markets, climate, among others) can have important and previously underappreciated positive spillovers.
Deza is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) program on Health Economics and a research affiliate at the Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, ad HIV (CHERISH).