Monica Deza is an assistant professor in economics in the School of Economic Political, and Policy Sciences. Her research interests include labor economics, economics of crime, economics of risky behaviors, and applied microeconometrics. Her recent research examines the effectiveness of the three-stage graduated driver licensing (GDL) system on criminal participation among teenagers affected by this law. This study finds that the implementation of the GDL system, which requires nighttime driving curfews and restrictions on the number of minors that teenagers affected by this law can have as passengers, decreases criminal participation among teenagers between the age of 16 and 17, as measures by arrests.
Deza's research paper "Is There a Stepping-Stone Effect in Drug Use? Separating State Dependence from Unobserved Heterogeneity Within and Across Illicit Drugs,” published in the Journal of Econometrics, develops a dynamic discrete choice model to study whether alcohol and marijuana have a stepping-stone effect on cocaine use, allowing for each drug to influence future use of other drugs.
Deza's paper "The Effects of Alcohol on the Consumption of Hard Drugs: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth", published in Health Economics, finds that the discontinuous increase in all measures of alcohol consumption that occurs upon turning 21 is accompanied by a discontinuous decrease in consumption of hard drugs.
Dr. Deza received her PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
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