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Renzo A. Massari,

Renzo A. Massari

Please note: Renzo has left the "Economics" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

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Office Location:  325G Social Sciences
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Ph.D. (expected)Duke University2006
M.A. EconomicsDuke University2002
B.S. EconomicsUniversidad del PacĂ­fico (Lima, Peru)1995
International BaccalaureateUnited World College of the Adriatic (Duino, Italy)1990

Industrial Organization
Research Interests:

My dissertation consists of three papers that explore different aspects of racial discrimination in criminal justice for murder cases. I use micro-econometric techniques on survey data and long panels to investigate the magnitude of racial discrimination in case processing, the stages within case processing where discrimination arises, and the evolution of discrimination in arrests.

Areas of Interest:

Empirical Microeconomics (survey and panel micro-data analysis with an emphasis on policy-making)

Discrimination in the Justice System

Innovation and Intellectual Property

Institutional Economics (evolution of endogenous normative systems and their application to development issues in the absence of established legal systems and markets)


Discrimination • Innovation • Intellectual Property • Institutional Economics • Microeconometrics (Panel and Survey Data)

Curriculum Vitae
Working Papers

  1. R.A. Massari, Racial and Ethnic Discrimination in State Processing and Sentencing of Murder Cases (Fall, 2005) [pdf]  [abs]
  2. R.A. Massari, Who Discriminates In Case Processing? Looking Inside the Black Box (Fall, 2005)
  3. R.A. Massari, Robust Bounds and the Evolution of Victim Race Effects in Murder Arrests in the US (Fall, 2005)
  4. R.A. Massari, Norms and Common Property Resources: Solving Open Access Externalities Through Endogenous Norms (Spring, 2004)

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