Mark A. R. Kleiman

Affiliated Faculty, NYU Wagner; Professor of Public Service, NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management

Mark Kleiman

Mark Kleiman is a Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management and at NYU Wagner. At Marron, he leads the Crime and Justice program. Professor Kleiman’s recent work includes methods for accommodating imperfect rational decision-making in policy, designing deterrent regimes that take advantage of positive-feedback effects, and the substitution of swiftness and predictability for severity in the criminal justice system.

Prior to joining NYU, he served as a Professor of Public Policy at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs. Previously, he taught at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia Batten School and as the first Thomas C. Schelling Professor at the University of Maryland. Kleiman is also an adjunct scholar at the Center for American Progress, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. Kleiman was a legislative aide to Congressman Les Aspin (1974-1975) and a special assistant to Polaroid CEO Edwin Land (1975-1976). From 1977 to 1979, he was Deputy Director for Management and Director of Program Analysis for the Office of Management and Budget of the City of Boston. Between 1979 and 1983, Kleiman worked for the Office of Policy and Management Analysis in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and from 1982-1983 he was the director of the same office, and a member of the National Organized Crime Planning Council.

Professor Kleiman attended Haverford College, graduating with a B.A. Economics (honors), Philosophy (honors), and Political Science (high honors). For his graduate education, Kleiman attended John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, earning an M.P.P. in Public Policy in 1974 and a Ph.D. in Public Policy in 1983. 

This course will introduce some ideas about the control of substance abuse and its side-effects and will illustrate broader techniques of policy analysis and apply them to drug policy. While the context for this course is the US, drug policy is an issue around the world. This course introduces students to behavioral economics in an applied setting. Students will have the opportunity to use tools that they have learned in microeconomics and policy: how to formulate thoughtful and effective policy in challenging real-world settings.

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