Harris Public Policy
Sam Norris studies the justice system, with a focus on how it makes decisions, including how judicial quality is measured and how judges improve with experience. In addition, he has researched the effects of incarceration and other punishments on defendants, their families, and their communities. He is also interested in low-cost, scalable interventions to improve the education system. In a recent paper in the Journal of Human Resources, he found that later daily school start times could substantially improve the academic achievement of high school students. On the other hand, school start times have a very small effect on achievement for younger children. Therefore, gains could be maximized by switching the order of start times for older and younger students, rather than having high school students start earlier in the morning, as is currently the more common practice.
Norris holds a BA from Simon Fraser University, an MA from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from Northwestern University, all in economics. He worked at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University prior to beginning his PhD course of study. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Justice and the National Science Foundation.