Benjamin Hansen is an assistant professor of Economics at the University of Oregon, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He primarily researches the economics of risky behaviors, health economics, and crime using applied econometrics. Recently, he has studied the legalization of medical marijuana and its impacts, the deterrent effect of drunk driving laws, and law enforcement strategies. I have also studied the determinants and consequences of violence and stress in schools. Currently he studying alcohol abuse and domestic violence, technological innovations in correctional institutions and their effect on inmate violence and drug use, and youth suicidality.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 2014.