I am Panka Bencsik, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Chicago, Urban Labs. I was before a Fulbright Fellowship recipient, spending one year of my dissertation writing at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC while completing my PhD at the University of Sussex, England.
My research largely centers on causal questions in public economics with a focus on health economics and the economics of crime. One stream of my research agenda explores the functioning of the US criminal justice system, and in particular the impact of policing and the impact of alternative strategies in relation to the current opioid crisis. The second stream of my agenda focuses on questions related to health behaviors and mental health.
At the University of Chicago Urban Labs my research portfolio includes topics such as the intersection of policing and mental health, substance misuse, the gun violence problem in Chicago, and populations engaging in risky behaviors.
See my CV here.
You can reach me at pankabencsik at uchicago dot edu.
Last name pronounced as: Ben-chick