Kevin T. Schnepel is an assistant professor in the School of Economics at the University of Sydney. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2013. Kevin is also a research fellow with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Children and Families Over the Life Course (the Life Course Centre).

Kevin’s research primarily focuses on crime, health, labor, and environmental economics. His current research investigates key determinants of crime and recidivism such as job opportunities, the supply of addictive drugs, the presence of criminal peers, and the severity of criminal sanctions. He is also currently working on several projects investigating the long-term impact of public health policies and interventions addressing early-life exposure to environmental toxins.

Kevin joined IZA as a research affiliate in May 2016.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10873

The presence of lead paint significantly impairs cognitive and behavioral development, yet little is known about the value to households of avoiding this residence-specific environmental health risk. In this paper, we estimate the benefits of lead-paint remediation on housing prices. Using data on all homes that applied to a HUD-funded...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10872

Lead pollution is consistently linked to cognitive and behavioral impairments, yet little is known about the benefits of public health interventions for children exposed to lead. This paper estimates the long-term impacts of early-life interventions (e.g. lead remediation, nutritional assessment, medical evaluation, developmental surveillance, and public assistance referrals) recommended for...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10409

This paper studies the causal impact of court deferrals, a legal strategy to help defendants avoid a felony conviction record, on the future criminal and labor market outcomes of first-time felony drug offenders. To accomplish this, we exploit two natural experiments in Harris County, Texas, in which defendants appearing in...