Naci Mocan is the Ourso Distinguished Chair of Economics at Louisiana State University and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research has been published in academic journals including American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, and The Journal of Labor Economics. He has served as a consultant for public and private institutions, including the U.S. Department of Justice, RAND Corporation, New York City Independent Budget Office, and the Ministry of Employment and Workforce Development of Canada. He also served as a member of the Louisiana Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. His research has been featured in such media outlets as the Economist, the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, and NPR. His current research focuses on topics in law and economics, and the interplay between culture, institutions, and economic behavior.