Assistant Professor of Economics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research
Dr. Heller studies interventions to reduce crime and improve other life outcomes among disadvantaged youth. She uses large-scale experiments to isolate the causal effects of a variety of programs, including those promoting youth employment.
- Heller,Sara, Kessler, Judd B. 2019. How to Allocate Slots: the Market Design of Summer Youth Employment Programs. Fair by Design: Economic Design Approaches to Inequality
- Heller,Sara, Davis, J M.V.. 2019. Rethinking the Benefits of Youth Employment Programs: The Heterogeneous Effects of Summer Jobs. The Review of Economics and Statistics :1-47.
- Heller,Sara, Davis, Jonathan . 2017. Using Causal Forests to Predict Treatment Heterogeneity: An Application to Summer Jobs. American Economic Review 107(5):546-550.
- Heller,Sara. 2016. Thinking, Fast and Slow? Some Field Experiments to Reduce Crime and Dropout in Chicago. Quarterly Journal of Economics 132(1):1-54.
- Heller,Sara. 2014. Summer jobs reduce violence among disadvantaged youth. Science 346(6214):1219-1223.