about me

Professor Randi Hjalmarsson
University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics

Welcome to my personal webpage. I am currently a Professor of Economics at the University of Gothenburg. I am a labor economist, and have conducted extensive research on the economics of crime and the criminal justice system. My current research emphasizes (i) the determinants of crime, including education, military service and the role of the family, neighborhood and peers, (ii) the impact of jury composition on trial verdicts and sentences and the dynamics of jury decision making, (iii) racial biases in the criminal justice system, and (iv) the economics of crime in a historical context. Previously, I have studied the effects of prison, the death penalty, and gun shows on crime. I am currently funded by the Swedish Research Council's Distinguished Young Researchers Program, a CEPR Research Fellow, and a Council Member for the European Society of Population Economics.

I received my PhD in economics from Yale University in 2005. Previously, I was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy from 2005 to 2009, a lecturer and Professor at Queen Mary University of London from 2010-2013.