Welcome to my academic website. I am an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia with research interests in education, crime, and labor economics.

Email me: sam.norris@ubc.ca

My CV is here

Working papers

Laffer's Day in Court: The Revenue Effects of Criminal Justice Fees and Fines (with Evan Rose)

Conviction, Incarceration, and Policy Effects in the Criminal Justice System  (with Vishal Kamat and Matt Pecenco) 

Identification in Threshold Models with Discrete Variation (with Vishal Kamat and Matt Pecenco)

The Impact of Incarceration on Employment, Earnings, and Tax Filing (with Andy Garin, Dmitri Koustas, Carl McPherson, Matt Pecenco, Evan Rose, Yotam Shem-Tov, and Jeff Weaver), revise and resubmit at Econometrica

Estimating Welfare Effects in a Nonparametric Choice Model: The Case of School Vouchers [Appendix] (with Vishal Kamat), revise and resubmit at Review of Economic Studies 

In-Kind Transfers as Insurance (with Lucie Gadenne, Sandip Sukhtankar and Monica Singhal) , revise and resubmit at the American Economic Review

Examiner Inconsistency: Evidence from Refugee Decisions, revise and resubmit at AEJ: Applied


The Effect of Incarceration on Mortality (with Matthew Pecenco and Jeffrey Weaver), forthcoming at Review of Economics and Statistics

Consumption peer effects and utility needs in India  (with Arthur Lewbel, Krishna Pendaur, and Xi Qu) , Quantitative Economics (2022)

The Effects of Parental and Sibling Incarceration: Evidence from Ohio (with Matthew Pecenco and Jeffrey Weaver), American Economic Review (2021). Non-technical summary. Media: Plain Dealer, The Economist

Rise and shine: The effect of school start times on academic performance from childhood through puberty (with Jennifer Heissel). Journal of Human Resources (2017). Media: The Atlantic, Brookings, Chalkbeat, Wisconsin Public Radio