Professor John MacDonald is the Chair of Penn’s Criminology Department in the School of Arts and Sciences. Much of his research focuses on the effect of public policy responses on crime in the U.S.
- Ph.D., Criminology, University of Maryland, 1999
- M.A., Criminology, University of Maryland, 1996
- B.A., Political Science, Vassar College, 1994
Professor of Criminology and Sociology; Penny and Robert A. Fox Faculty Director, Fels Institute of Government
Arts and Sciences
Michael Chirico, Robert Inman, Charles Loeffler, John MacDonald, Holger Sieg (2017) Procrastination and Property Tax Compliance: Evidence from a Field Experiment, Working Paper.
MacDonald, John, and Robert J. Sampson (2012). Immigration and the Changing Social Fabric of American Cities. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Vol. 641.
MacDonald , John M. (2011) Measuring Crime and Criminality, Advances in Criminological Theory, Vol. 17, New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers.
Kondo, Michelle, Seung Hoon Han, Geoffrey H. Donovan, John M. MacDonald (2017). The Association between Urban Trees and Crime: Evidence from the Spread of the Emerald Ash Borer in Cincinnati, Landscape and Urban Planning, 157, 193-199.
Branas, Charles C., Michelle C. Kondo, Sean M. Murphy, Eugenia C. South, Daniel Polsky, and John M. MacDonald (2016). Urban Blight Remediation as a Cost-Beneficial Solution to Firearm Violence, American Journal of Public Health, 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303434.
MacDonald John, Jefferey Fagan, and Amanda Geller (2016). The Effects of Local Police Surges on Crime and Arrests in New York City, PLoS ONE, 11(6), e0157223.
Nicosia, Nancy, John MacDonald, and Rosalie Pacula (2016). Does Mandatory Diversion to Drug Treatment Eliminate Racial Disparities in the Incarceration of Drug Offenders? An Examination of California’s Proposition 36, Journal of Quantitative Criminology: 10.1007/s10940-016-9293-x
Ridgeway, Greg and John MacDonald (2016). Effect of Rail Transit on Crime: A Study of Los Angeles from 1988-2014, Journal of Quantitative Criminology: 10.1007/s10940-016-9296-7
Han, Seunghoon, Charles Branas, and John MacDonald (2016). The Effect of a Sunday Liquor Sales Ban Repeal on Crime: A Triple Difference Analysis, Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 40(5), 111-1121.
Michael Chirico, Robert P Inman, Charles Loeffler, John MacDonald, and Holger Sieg (2016). An Experimental Evaluation of Notification Strategies to Increase Property Tax Compliance: Free-Riding in the City of Brotherly Love, Tax Policy and the Economy, 30(1), 129-161.
MacDonald, John, Jonathan Klick and Ben Grunwald (2015). The Effect of Private Police on Crime: Evidence from a Geographic Regression Discontinuity Design. Journal of Royal Statistical Society, Series A 179(3), 831-846.
MacDonald, John (2015). Community Design and Crime: The Impact of Housing and the Built Environment, Crime and Justice: An Annual Review of Research, 44, 333-384.
Kondo Michelle C., D. Keene, BC Hohl, John M. MacDonald, Charles C. Branas (2015). A Difference-In-Differences Study of the Effects of a New Abandoned Building Remediation Strategy on Safety, PLoS ONE, 10(7), e0129582.
MacDonald, John, Jeremy Arkes, Nancy Nicosia, and Rosalie Pacula (2014). Decomposing Racial Disparities in Prison and Drug Treatment Commitments for Criminal Offenders in California, Journal of Legal Studies, 43, 151-187.
MacDonald, John, Ameilia Haviland, Rajeev Ramchand, Andrew R. Morral, and Alex Piquero (2014). Linking Specialization and Seriousness in Criminal Careers, Advances in Life Course Research, 20, 43-55.
Ridgeway, Greg and John M. MacDonald (2014). A Method for Internal Benchmarking of Criminal Justice System Performance, Crime and Delinquency, 60, 145-162.
Aaltonen, Mikko, John MacDonald, Pekka Martikainen, and Janne Kivivuori (2013). Examining the Generality of the Unemployment-Crime Association, Criminology, 51, 561-594.
MacDonald, John, Robert Stokes, Ben Grunwald, and Ricky Bluthenthal (2013). The Privatization of Public Safety in Urban Neighborhoods: Do Business Improvement Districts Reduce Violent Crime Among Adolescents?, Law and Society Review, 47, 621-652.
Nicosia, Nancy, John M. MacDonald, and Jeremy Arkes (2013). Disparities in Criminal Court Referrals to Drug Treatment and Prison for Minority Men, American Journal of Public Health, 103, e77-e84.
Anderson, James, John MacDonald, Ricky Bluthenthal, and Scott Ashwood (2013). Reducing Crime by Shaping the Built Environment with Zoning: An Empirical Study of Los Angeles, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 161, 699-756.
MacDonald, John M., John Hipp, and Charlotte Gill (2013). The Effects of Immigrant Concentration on Changes in Neighborhood Crime Rates, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 29, 191-215.
MacDonald, John M., and Jessica Saunders (2012). Are Immigrants Less Violent? Specifying the Reasons and Mechanisms, The ANNALS of the American of Academy of Political and Social Science, 641, 125-147.
Branas, Charles, Rose Cheney, John M. MacDonald, Vicky Tam, Tara Jackson, and Thomas Ten Have (2011). A Difference-in-Differences Analysis of Health, Safety, and Greening Vacant Urban Space, American Journal of Epidemiology, 174, 1296-306
Cook, Philip J., and John MacDonald (2011). Public Safety through Private Action: An Economic Assessment of BIDs, Economic Journal, 121, 445-462.
MacDonald, John M., Robert Stokes, Deborah Cohen, Aaron Kofner, and Greg Ridgeway (2010). The Effect of Light Rail Transit on Body Mass Index and Physical Activity, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 39, 105-112.
MacDonald, John M., Daniela Golinelli, Robert Stokes, and Ricky Bluthenthal (2010). The Effect of Business Improvement Districts on the Incidence of Violent Crimes, Injury Prevention, 16, 327-332.
Berk, Richard, and John M. MacDonald (2010). Policing the Homeless: An Evaluation of Efforts to Reduce Homeless-Related Crime, Criminology and Public Policy, 9, 813-840.
MacDonald, John M., Robert Stokes, and Ricky Bluthenthal (2010). The Role of Community Context in Business District Revitalization Strategies: Business Improvement Districts in LosAngeles, Public Performance and Management Review, 33, 436-458.