Jens Ludwig

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  • McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law and Public Policy in the School of Social Service Administration and the Harris School of Public Policy
    Director of University of Chicago Crime Lab
    Co-director of the University of Chicago Urban Education Lab
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Biography

Jens Ludwig, a McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law and Public Policy in the School of Social Service Administration and the Harris School of Public Policy, is an economist who studies violence and urban poverty. He also conducts research on Head Start, a United States federal educational program that assists children from economically disadvantaged families.

He is co-author with Philip Cook of Gun Violence: The Real Costs (2000) and Guns in America: Results of a Comprehensive Survey on Private Firearms Ownership and Use (1997), and he collaborated again with Cook as co-editor of Evaluating Gun Policy (2003).

In 2006, Ludwig was awarded the "David Kershaw Prize for Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy by Age 40" from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.