Robert (Rob) MacCoun

Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy
University of California, Berkeley
2607 Hearst Ave.
Berkeley
CA 94720-7320

Jurisprudence & Social Policy Program
School of Law, 488 Simon Hall
University of California, Berkeley

tel: 510-642-7518

fax: 510-643-9657

email: maccoun@berkeley.edu

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Research areas:

         Drug use, drug dealing, and drug policy

         Judgment and decision making

         Procedural & distributive justice

         Group influences on individual behavior

         Politics and bias in the research process

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Drug War Heresies

The Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Sense, Sensibility, & Science

The Good Judgment Project

 

Drug Use, Drug Dealing, and Drug Policy

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Kilmer, B., Caulkins, J. P., Midgette, G., Dahlkemper, L., MacCoun, R. J., & Pacula, R. L. (2013).  Before the grand opening: Measuring Washington State’s marijuana market in the last year before legalized commercial sales.  Santa Monica, CA: RAND.

MacCoun, R. J. (2013).  The puzzling unidimensionality of DSM-5 substance use disorder diagnoses.  Frontiers in Psychiatry.

MacCoun, R. J. (2013).  The paths not (yet) taken:  Lower risk alternatives to full market legalization of cannabis. In K. Tate, J. L. Taylor, & M. Q. Sawyer (eds.), Something’s in the air: Race and the legalization of marijuana (pp. 40-53).  Routledge.

MacCoun, R. J. (2013).  Moral outrage and opposition to harm reduction.  Symposium on Vice Law and Philosophy, Criminal Law & Philosophy, 7, 83-98.

Caulkins, J. P., Kilmer, B., MacCoun, R. J., Pacula, R. L., & Reuter, P. (2012).  Design considerations for legalizing cannabis.  Addiction, 107, 865-871. 

[with Caulkins, J. P., Kilmer, B., MacCoun, R. J., Pacula, R. L., & Reuter, P. (2012).  Response to commentaries.  Addiction, 107, 876-877.]

 

MacCoun, R. J., & Reuter, P. (2011).  Assessing drug prohibition and its alternatives: A guide for agnostics.  Annual Review of Law & Social Science, 7, 61-78.

[This paper updates our book Drug War Heresies, taking into account research and policy developments in the 2001-2011 decade.]

MacCoun, R. J. (2011).  How should expert judgment inform the legalization debate?  In P. Cook, J. Ludwig & J. McCrary (eds.), Controlling crime: Strategies and payoffs.  University of Chicago Press.

MacCoun, R. J. (2011).  What can we learn from the Dutch cannabis coffeeshop system?  Addiction, 106, 1899-1910.  [Note that the vertical axis on Figure 1 should read “Lifetime prevalence (%)” and not “Used cannabis in last year (%)”.  The caption should read “Association between perceived availability of cannabis and lifetime use…” rather than  “…its use in past year…” -- I thank Benjamin Teal for catching this error.]

Kilmer, B., Caulkins, J. P., Pacula, R. L., MacCoun, R. J., & Reuter, P. H. (2010). Altered state? Assessing how marijuana legalization in California could influence marijuana consumption and public budgets. (65 page peer-reviewed report.) Santa Monica, RAND.

MacCoun, R. J. (2010). The implicit rules of evidence-based drug policy, updated. Addiction, 105, 1335-1336.

MacCoun, R., Pacula, R. L., Reuter, P., Chriqui, J., Harris, K. (2009). Do citizens know whether they live in a decriminalization state?  State marijuana laws and perceptions. Review of Law & Economics, 5(1, 347-371.

MacCoun, R. J., & Martin, K. (2009). Drug use and drug policy in a prohibition regime (pp. 501-523). In M. Tonry (ed.), The Oxford handbook of crime and public policy. Oxford.

MacCoun, R. J. (2009). Harm reduction is a good label for a criterion all drug programs should meet (invited comment). Addiction, 104, 341-342.

MacCoun, R. J. (2008). Bridging the gap between science and drug policy: From “what” and “how” to “whom” and “when” (invited comment). Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31, 454-455.

MacCoun, R. J., & Reuter, P. (2008). The implicit rules of evidence-based drug policy: A US perspective (invited comment). International Journal of Drug Policy, 19, 231-232.

Reuter, P., & MacCoun, R. J. (2007, November/December). Invited comment on Ethan Nadelmann’s “Think again: Drugs.” Foreign Policy, pp. 4-5.

MacCoun, R. J. (2007). Testing drugs vs. testing users: Private risk management in the shadow of the criminal law. DePaul Law Review, 56, 507-538.

MacCoun, R. J. (2006). Competing accounts of the gateway effect: The field thins, but still no clear winner. Invited commentary, Addiction, 101, 473-474

Pacula, R. L., MacCoun, R., Reuter, P., Chriqui, J., Kilmer, B., Harris, K., Paoli, L., & Schaefer, C. (2005). What does it mean to decriminalize marijuana? A cross-national empirical examination. In B. Lindgren & M. Grossman (eds.), Substance use: Individual behaviour, social interactions, markets and politics (pp. 347-370). Elsevier/North-Holland.

Caulkins, J., & MacCoun, R. (2005). Deterring imperfectly rational actors: The case of drug enforcement (pp. 315-338). In Francesco Parisi and Vernon Smith (eds.), The law and economics of irrational behavior. University of Chicago Press.

MacCoun, R. J. (2004). Anticipating unintended consequences of vaccine-like immunotherapies for addictive drug use. In H. R. Harwood & T. G. Myers (eds.), New treatments for addiction: Behavioral, ethical, legal, and social questions. National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.

Kilmer, B., & MacCoun, R. J. (2004). Public policy on addictive disorders. In R. Coombs (ed.), Addictive disorders: A practical handbook. Wiley.

MacCoun, R. (2004). Population thinking as an adjunct to the clinical trial (invited editorial). Psychiatric Services, 55, 509-510, 515.

MacCoun, R. J. (2003). Is the addiction concept useful for drug policy? In R. Vuchinich & N. Heather (eds.), Choice, behavioural economics and addiction. Oxford UK: Elsevier Science.

MacCoun, R. J. (2003). Comments on Chaloupka, Emery, and Laing. In R. Vuchinich & N. Heather (eds.), Choice, behavioural economics and addiction. Oxford UK: Elsevier Science.

MacCoun, R., Kilmer, B., & Reuter, P. (2003, September). Research on drug-crime linkages: The next generation (commissioned paper). In Toward a drugs and crime research agenda for the 21st century. National Institute of Justice Special Report.

MacCoun, R. (2003, 11 June). O cannabis! Pot decriminalization in Canada highlights America's isolation. San Francisco Chronicle, A27.

Caulkins, J., & MacCoun, R. (2003). Limited rationality and the limits of supply reduction. Journal of Drug Issues, 33, 433-464.

Reuter, P., & MacCoun, R. (2002). Heroin maintenance: Is a U.S. experiment needed? In D. Musto (ed.), One hundred years of heroin (pp. 159-180). Westport CT: Greenwood.

MacCoun, R. J., & Reuter, P. (2002). Marijuana, heroin, and cocaine. [Their title, not ours!] The American Prospect, 13(30), 25-28.

MacCoun, R., & Reuter, P. (eds.) (2002). The varieties of drug control at the dawn of the 21st century. Special issue of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 582, July.

MacCoun, R., & Reuter, P. (2002). The varieties of drug control at the dawn of the 21st century (overview essay) . Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 582, July, 7-19

MacCoun, R., & Reuter, P. (2001). Drug war heresies: Learning from other vices, times, and places. Cambridge University Press. [Fifteen-chapter book]

Manski, C., Pepper, J., & Petrie, C. (2001). Informing America's policy on illegal drugs: What we don't know keeps hurting usWashington, DC: National Academy of Sciences. [I was a member of the committee that drafted this report. I post it here for interested readers.]

Statement of the Federation of American Scientists Drug Policy Project to the U.S. Sentencing Commission: Comment on the proposed changes to MDMA ("Ecstacy") penalties , 9 March 2001. [I was a co-signer but not the author. It is not my publication, but I post it here to for interested readers.]

MacCoun, R., & Reuter, P. (2001). Evaluating alternative cannabis regimes. British Journal of Psychiatry, 178, 123-128.

MacCoun, R., & Reuter, P. (1999). Does Europe do it better? Lessons from Holland, Britain, and Switzerland. The Nation, September 20th, Special issue entitled "Beyond Legalization: New Ideas For Ending The War On Drugs."

Invited testimony , Hearing on "Drug Decriminalization," House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources, Washington D.C., July 13, 1999.

MacCoun, R. J. (1998). Breaking the impasse in American drug policy. In E. L. Rubin (Ed.), Minimizing harm: A new crime policy for modern America (pp. 203-208). Boulder, CO: Westview Press. (Abbreviated version published in 1997 by California Policy Seminar.)

MacCoun, R. (1998). Toward a psychology of harm reduction. American Psychologist, 53, 1199-1208. [Earlier draft appeared as "The psychology of harm reduction: Alternative strategies for modifying high-risk behavior," in 1996 Wellness Lectures (pp. 1-27). Oakland, CA: California Wellness Foundation and University of California.]

MacCoun, R., & Reuter, P. (1998). Drug control. In M. Tonry (Ed.), The handbook of crime and punishment (pp. 207-238). New York: Oxford University Press.

MacCoun, R. (1998). In what sense (if any) is marijuana a gateway drug? Drug Policy Analysis Bulletin, 4, 5-8.

MacCoun, R., & Reuter, P. (1997). Interpreting Dutch cannabis policy: Reasoning by analogy in the legalization debate. Science, 278, 47-52.

Federation of American Scientists Drug Policy Project (1997). Principles for practical drug policies. [This is not my publication; I was a co-signer, and a co-presenter at the press conference. I post it here for interested readers.]

MacCoun, R. J. (1996). Is melioration the addiction theory of choice? (invited commentary) Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 19, 586-587.

Reuter, P., & MacCoun, R. (1996). Harm reduction and social policy: Should addicts be paid? Drug and Alcohol Review, 15, 225-230.

MacCoun, R., Reuter, P., & Schelling, T. (1996). Assessing alternative drug control regimes. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 15, 1-23. [Reprinted in J. Lane & J. Petersilia (Eds.), Criminal Justice Policy. UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 1998.]

Reuter, P., & MacCoun, R. (1995). Drawing lessons from the absence of harm reduction in American drug policy. Tobacco Control, 4 (Supplement 2), S28-S32.

Saner, H., MacCoun, R. J., & Reuter, P. (1995). On the ubiquity of drug selling among youthful offenders in Washington, D.C., 1985-1991: Age, period, or cohort effect? Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 11, 337-362.

MacCoun, R. J., Model, K., Phillips-Shockley, H., & Reuter, P. (1995). Comparing drug policies in North America and Western Europe. In G. Estievenart (Ed.), Policies and strategies to combat drugs in Europe (pp. 197-220). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff.

Reuter, P., & MacCoun, R. J. (1995). Assessing the legalization debate. In G. Estievenart (Ed.), Policies and strategies to combat drugs in Europe (pp. 39-49). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Martinus Nijhoff.

MacCoun, R. J., & Caulkins, J. (1996). Examining the behavioral assumptions of the national drug control strategy. In W. K. Bickel & R. J. DeGrandpre (Eds.), Drug policy and human nature: Psychological perspectives on the prevention, management, and treatment of illicit drug use (pp. 177-197). New York: Plenum Press.

Reuter, P., Falco, M., & MacCoun, R. J. (1993). Comparing Western European and North American drug policies: An international conference report. Santa Monica, CA: RAND. (Externally reviewed 31-page publication.)

MacCoun, R. J., Kahan, J., Gillespie, J., & Rhee, J. (1993). A content analysis of the drug legalization debate. Journal of Drug Issues, 23, 615-629.

MacCoun, R., Reuter, P., Kahan, J., & Saiger, A. (1993). Drug policies and problems: The promise and pitfalls of cross-national comparisons. In N. Heather, A. Wodak, E. Nadelmann, & P. O'Hare (Eds.), Psychoactive drugs and harm reduction: From faith to science (pp. 103-117), London: Whurr Publishers.

MacCoun, R. J. (1993). Drugs and the law: A psychological analysis of drug prohibition. Psychological Bulletin, 113, 497-512.

Reuter, P., & MacCoun, R. J. (1992). Street drug markets in inner-city neighborhoods: Matching policy to reality. In J. B. Steinberg, D. W. Lyon, & M. E. Vaiana (Eds.), Urban America: Policy choices for Los Angeles and the nation (pp. 227-251). Santa Monica, CA: RAND.

MacCoun, R. J., & Reuter, P. (1992). Are the wages of sin $30 an hour? Economic aspects of street-level drug dealing. Crime and Delinquency, 38, 477-491.

Reuter, P., MacCoun, R. J., and Murphy, P. (1990). Money from crime: A study of the economics of drug dealing in Washington, D.C.Santa Monica, CA: RAND. (Externally reviewed 172-page monograph).

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Judgment and Decision Making

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Sah, S., Moore, D., & MacCoun, R. (2013).  Cheap talk and credibility:  The consequences of confidence and accuracy on advisor credibility and persuasiveness.  Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 121, 246-255.

Kerr, N. L., & MacCoun, R. J. (2012).  Is the leniency asymmetry really dead?  Misinterpreting asymmetry effects in criminal jury deliberation.  Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 15, 585-602.

Robbennolt, J., Darley, J., & MacCoun, R. J. (2010). Constraint satisfaction and judging. (pp. 27-40).  In David Klein & Gregory Mitchell (eds.), The psychology of judicial decision making.  Oxford.

Tenney, E. R., Spellman, B. A., & MacCoun, R. J. (2008). The benefits of knowing what you know (and what you don’t): Fact-finders rely on others who are well calibrated. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

MacCoun, R. J. (2008). Complex evidence in litigation. In B. L. Cutler (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law.

Kerr, N. L., & MacCoun, R. J. (2008). Juries and the leniency bias. In B. L. Cutler (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law.

Tenney, E. R., MacCoun, R. J., Spellman, B. A., & Hastie, R. (2007). Calibration trumps confidence as a basis for witness credibility.  Psychological Science, 18, 46-50.

MacCoun, R. J. (2006). Psychological constraints on transparency in legal and government decision making. In A. Gosseries (ed.), Symposium on publicity and accountability in governance, Swiss Political Science Review,12, 112-123.

MacCoun, R. J. (2006). The relativity of judgment as a challenge for behavioral law and economics (Invited Essay), Daito Bunka University Law Review, 2_ 29-39.

MacCoun, R. J. (2005). Comparing legal factfinders: Real and mock, amateur and professional. Florida State University Law Review, 32, 511-518.

Robbennolt, J. K., Darley, J. M., & MacCoun, R. J. (2003). Symbolism and incommensurability in civil sanctioning: Decision-makers as goal managers. Brooklyn Law Review, 68, 1121-1158.

MacCoun, R. (2002). Comparing micro and macro rationality. In M. V. Rajeev Gowda and Jeffrey Fox (Eds.), Judgments, decisions, and public policy. New York: Cambridge University Press.

MacCoun, R. J. (2000). The costs and benefits of letting juries punish corporations: Comment on Viscusi. Stanford Law Review, 52, 1821-1828.

Vidmar, N., Lempert, R. O., Diamond, S. S., Hans, V. P., Landsman, S., MacCoun, R., Sanders, J., Hosch, H. M., Kassin, S., Galanter, M., Eisenberg, T., Daniels, S., Greene, E., Martin, J., Penrod, S., Richardson, J., Heuer, L., & Horowitz, I. (2000). Amicus brief: Kumho Tire v. Carmichael. Law & Human Behavior, 24, 387-400.

Anderson, M. C., & MacCoun, R. J. (1999). Goal conflict in juror assessments of compensatory and punitive damages. Law & Human Behavior, 23, 313-330.

Kerr, N., MacCoun, R. J., & Kramer, G. (1996). Bias in judgment: Comparing individuals and groups. Psychological Review, 103, 687-719.

Kerr, N. L., MacCoun, R. J., & Kramer, G. P. (1996). When are N heads better (or worse) than one? Biased judgment in individuals vs. groups. In E. Witte & J. H. Davis (Eds.), Understanding group behavior (Vol. 1): Consensual action by small groups (pp. 105-136). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

MacCoun, R. J. (1996). Differential treatment of corporate defendants by juries: An examination of the 'deep pockets' hypothesis. Law and Society Review, 30, 121-161.

MacCoun, R. J. (1993). Inside the black box: What empirical research tells us about decisionmaking by civil juries. In R. E. Litan (Ed.), Verdict: Assessing the civil jury system (pp. 137-180), Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution.

MacCoun, R. J. (1990). The emergence of extralegal bias during jury deliberation. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 17, 303-314.

MacCoun, R. J. (1989). Experimental research on jury decision making. Science, 244, 1046-1050. [Reprinted in Jurimetrics: Journal of Law, Science, and Technology, 1990, 30, 223-233.] [Reprinted in R. M. Krivoshey (Ed.)(1994), Readings in trial advocacy and the social sciences, Vol. I (pp. 100-104). Hamden, CT: Garland.]

MacCoun, R. J., & Kerr, N. L. (1988). Asymmetric influence in mock jury deliberation: Jurors' bias for leniency. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 54, 21-33.

MacCoun, R. J. (1987). Getting inside the black box: Toward a better understanding of civil jury behavior. Santa Monica, CA: RAND. (Externally reviewed 49-page paper.)

Kerr, N. L., MacCoun, R. J., Hansen, C. H., & Hymes, J. A. (1987). Gaining and losing social support: Momentum in decision making groups. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 23, 119-145.

MacCoun, R. J. (1986). Fictional and factual juries (review of Anatomy of a jury by S. Wishman and Judging the jury by V. P. Hans and N. Vidmar). Judicature, 70, October-November, 172-173.

Carroll, J. S., Kerr, N. L., Alfini, J. J., Weaver, F. M., MacCoun, R. J., & Feldman, V. (1986). Free press and fair trial: The role of behavioral research. Law and Human Behavior, 10, 187-201.

MacCoun, R. J. (1985). Evaluating juror performance (review of A. D. Austin's Complex litigation confronts the jury system). Judicature, June-July issue. [Reprinted in the Chicago Daily Law Journal, July 18, 1985.]

Kerr, N. L., & MacCoun, R. J. (1985). The effects of jury size and polling method on the process and product of jury deliberation. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 48, 349-363. [Reprinted in L. S. Wrightsman, S. M. Kassin, and C. E. Willis (Eds.), In the jury box: Controversies in the courtroom (pp. 209-234). Beverly Hills, CA: Sage, 1987.]

Kerr, N. L., Bull, R., MacCoun, R. J., & Rathborn, H. (1985). Effects of victim attractiveness, care, and disfigurement on the judgements of American and British mock jurors. British Journal of Social Psychology, 24, 47-58.

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Procedural and Distributive Justice

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Braver, S. L., Ellman, I. M., & MacCoun, R. J. (2014, April 14). Public intuitions about Fair child  support allocations: Converging evidence for  a “fair shares” rule. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/law0000003

 

Ellman, I. M., Braver, S., & MacCoun, R. J. (2012).  Abstract principles and concrete cases in intuitive lawmaking.  Law and Human Behavior, 36, 98-108. 

Braver, S., MacCoun, R. J., & Ellman, I. (working draft). Converting sentiments to dollars: Scaling and incommensurability problems in the evaluation of child support payments.

Ellman, I. M., Braver, S., & MacCoun, R.J. (2009). Intuitive lawmaking: The example of child support. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 6, 69-109.

MacCoun, R. J. (2006). Media reporting of jury verdicts: Is the tail (of the distribution) wagging the dog?, Clifford Symposium on Tort Law, DePaul University Law Review, 55, 539-562.

MacCoun, R. J. (2005). Voice, control, and belonging: The double-edged sword of procedural fairness. Annual Review of Law and Social Science, Vol. 1 .

MacCoun, R. (2001). Public opinion about legal issues. International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Kulik, C. T., Lind, E. A., Ambrose, M. L., & MacCoun, R. J. (1996). Understanding gender differences in distributive and procedural justice. Social Justice Research, 9, 351-369.

Bailis, D. S., & MacCoun, R. J. (1996). Estimating liability risks with the media as your guide: A content analysis of media coverage of civil litigation. Law and Human Behavior, 20, 419-429. [Abridged version reprinted in Judicature, 1996, 80, 64-67.]

MacCoun, R. J. (1995). Review of K. R. Foster, D. E. Bernstein, & P. W. Huber (Eds.), Phantom risk: Scientific inference and the law (MIT Press, 1993). Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 14, 168-171.

MacCoun, R. J. (1993). Blaming others to a fault? Chance, 6, 31-34 and 18.

MacCoun, R. J. (1993). Is there a deep-pockets bias in the tort system? Institute for Civil Justice Issue Paper. Santa Monica, CA: RAND.

MacCoun, R. J., Lind, E. A., & Tyler, T. R. (1992). Alternative dispute resolution in trial and appellate courts (pp. 95-118). In D. K. Kagehiro & W. S. Laufer (Eds.), The handbook of psychology and law. New York: Springer Verlag.

MacCoun, R. J. (1991). Unintended consequences of court-annexed arbitration: A cautionary tale from New Jersey. Justice System Journal, 14, 229-243.

Hensler, D., Marquis, S., Abrahamse, A., Berry S., Ebener, P., Lewis, E., Lind, A., MacCoun, R., Manning, W., Rogowski, J., & Vaiana, M. (1991). Compensation for accidental injuries in the United States. (Externally reviewed 210-page monograph). Santa Monica, CA: RAND.

Hensler, D., Marquis, S., Abrahamse, A., Berry S., Ebener, P., Lewis, E., Lind, A., MacCoun, R., Manning, W., Rogowski, J., & Vaiana, M. (1991). Compensation for accidental injuries: Research design and methods. (Externally reviewed 50-page paper). Santa Monica, CA: RAND.

Lind, E. A., MacCoun, R. J., Ebener, P. A., Felstiner, W. L. F., Hensler, D. R., Resnick, J., & Tyler, T. R. (1990). In the eye of the beholder: Tort litigants' evaluations of their experiences in the civil justice system. Law and Society Review, 24, 953-996.

Lind, E. A., MacCoun, R. J., Ebener, P. A., Felstiner, W. L. F., Hensler, D. R., Resnick, J., & Tyler, T. R. (1989). The perception of justice: Tort litigants' views of trials, court-annexed arbitration, and judicial settlement conferences . Santa Monica, CA: RAND. (Externally reviewed 93-page monograph.)

MacCoun, R. J., Lind, E. A., Hensler, D. R., Bryant, D. L., & Ebener, P. (1988). Alternative adjudication: An evaluation of the New Jersey automobile arbitration program. Santa Monica, CA: RAND. (Externally reviewed 134-page monograph.) [Executive summary reprinted in J. Monahan and L. Walker (Eds.) (1990), Social science in law: Cases and materials (2nd ed., pp. 496-500). Westbury, NY: The Foundation Press, Inc.] [Executive summary reprinted in J. Monahan and L. Walker (Eds.) (1994), Social science in law: Cases and materials (3rd ed., pp. 587-591). Westbury, NY: The Foundation Press, Inc.]

MacCoun, R. J., & Tyler, T. R. (1988). The basis of citizens' perceptions of the criminal jury: Procedural fairness, accuracy and efficiency. Law and Human Behavior, 12, 333-352.

Messé, L. A., Hymes, R. W., & MacCoun, R. J. (1986). Group categorization and distributive justice decisions. In H. W. Bierhoff, R. L. Cohen, and J. Greenberg (Eds.), Justice in social relations (pp. 227-248). New York: Plenum Press.

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Group Influence on Individual Behavior

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MacCoun, R. J. (2014).  Alternative maps for the world of collective behavior.  Invited comment, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37: 88-90.

MacCoun, R. J. (2012).  The volatility of social influence when everyone is your neighbor.  Policy Notes, Spring 2012, 8-9.

MacCoun, R. J. (2012).  The burden of social proof: Shared thresholds and social influence.  Psychological Review, 119, 345-372.

MacCoun, R. J., & Hix, W. M. (2010).  Cohesion and performance.  In National Defense Institute (collective authorship), Sexual orientation and U.S. military policy: An update of RAND’s 1993 study.  Santa Monica: RAND.  Prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defense as part of the 2010 Pentagon evaluation of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy.  (Note: The chapter reviews 17 years of new research since my 1993 cohesion analysis.)

MacCoun, R. J., Cook, P., Muschkin, C., & Vigdor, J. (2008). Distinguishing spurious and real norm effects: Evidence from artificial societies, small-group experiments, and real schoolyards. Review of Law & Economics, 4(3), 695-714,_ http://www.bepress.com/rle/vol4/iss3/art2/

Cook, P., MacCoun, R. J., Muschkin, C., & Vigdor, J. (2008). The negative impacts of starting middle school in sixth grade. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 27, 104-121. This paper received the 2008 Raymond Vernon Memorial Prize from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

MacCoun, R., Kier, E., & Belkin, A. (2006). Does social cohesion determine motivation in combat? An old question with an old answer, Armed Forces and Society, 32, 646-654.

Feldman, Y., & MacCoun, R. J. (2005). Some well-aged wines for the “new norms” bottles: Implications of social psychology for law and economics. In Francesco Parisi and Vernon Smith (eds.), The law and economics of irrational behavior (pp.358-394). University of Chicago Press.

MacCoun, R. J. (2003). “Don’t ask, don’t tell” and military unit cohesion. In A. Belkin and G. Bateman (eds.), Don’t ask, don’t tell: Debating the gay ban in the military (pp. 77-81). Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner Publishers.

MacCoun, R. J., & Schlossman, S. (2000, January 3). What's germane is a soldier's behavior. (Essay on RAND's proposed alternative to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.) Los Angeles Times, National Edition, A13.

MacCoun, R. J. (1996). Sexual orientation and military cohesion: A critical review of the evidence. In G. M. Herek, J. B. Jobe, & R. Carney (Eds.), Out in force: Sexual orientation and the military. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

National Defense Research Institute (1993). Sexual orientation and U.S. military personnel policy: Policy options and assessment (Report to the Secretary of Defense). Santa Monica, CA: RAND. (Collective authorship.) [Excerpts from executive summary reprinted in Harpers magazine, November 1993, 26-27.] [Click here for RAND's Research Brief on this report.][Click here for Title Page, Author List, Executive Summary and Overview Chapter ]

MacCoun, R. J. (1993). Unit cohesion and military performance. In National Defense Research Institute, Sexual orientation and U.S. military personnel policy: Policy options and assessment (pp. 283-331). Santa Monica, CA: RAND.

Jackson, L. A., MacCoun, R. J., & Kerr, N. L. (1987). Stereotypes and nonstereotypic inferences: The effects of gender role attitudes on inferences of likeability, adjustment, and occupational potential. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 13, 45-52.

Kerr, N. L., & MacCoun, R. J. (1985). Role expectations in social dilemmas: Sex roles and task motivation in groups. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 49, 1547-1556.

Kerr, N. L., & MacCoun, R. J. (1984). Sex composition of groups and member motivation: Effects of relative member ability. Journal of Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 5, 255-271.

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Politics and Bias in the Research Process

MacCoun R. J., & Paletz, S. (2009). Citizens’ perceptions of ideological bias in research on public policy controversies._ Political Psychology, 30, 43-65. [Note: During the editing process, we accidentally used a formatting command that put negative signs on all the standard errors while moving them into parentheses. Oops! Standard errors can only take on a positive value, and the absolute values of the displayed standard errors are all correct.]

MacCoun, R. (2005). Conflicts of interest in public policy research. In Moore, D. A., Cain, D. M., Loewenstein, G. and Bazerman, M. (eds.), Conflicts of interest: Problems and solutions from law, medicine and organizational settings. London: Cambridge University Press.

MacCoun, R. (2003). Review of Shadish, Cook, & Campbell’s Experimental and quasi-experimental designs for generalized causal inference (book review). Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 22, 330-332.

MacCoun, R. (2002). Why a psychologist won the Nobel Prize in Economics. American Psychological Society Observer, 15(10), pp. 1, 8.

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