Last updated on: 1/26/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Christopher S. Carpenter, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
Reasoning:

“[M]inimum legal drinking age of 21 is working. Alcohol consumption jumps sharply exactly at age 21 and remains elevated (i.e., more than a one-time birthday-related drinking celebration). Deaths jump sharply exactly at age 21 by about 9 percent and remain elevated. Arrests jump sharply exactly at age 21 and remain elevated. And hospitalizations jump sharply exactly at age 21 and remain elevated… Numerous policies and proposals have been put forth to address the troubling profile of excessive alcohol use by young people. Many of these need more research to demonstrate their effectiveness on a broad population-wide scale, but a minimum legal drinking age of 21 is not one of them.”

“Current Drinking Age of 21 Is Working,” nytimes.com, Feb. 10, 2015

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the minimum legal drinking age. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the minimum legal drinking age.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member, Editorial Board, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 2015-present
  • Chair and Standing Member, NIH Social Science and Population Studies-B, 2015-present
  • Professor, Department of Health Policy, VU Medical Center, 2014-present
  • Member, Editorial Board, American Journal of Health Economics, 2014-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, American Society of Healthy Economists, 2014-2018
  • Professor, Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University, 2013-present
  • Professor, Center for Medicine, Health, & Society, Vanderbilt University, 2013-present
  • Affiliated Faculty Member, Meharry-Vanderbilt RWJ Center for Health Policy, 2013-present
  • Associate Editor, Journal of the European Economic Association, 2012-present
  • Research Fellow, IZA-Institute for the Study of Labor, 2011-present
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2009-present
  • Coeditor and Comanaging Editor, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2010-2014
  • Research Affiliate, Center for Economics and Public Policy, University of California at Irvine, 2011-2013
  • Affiliated Faculty Member, Master of Public Policy Program, University of California at Irvine, 2011-2013
  • Research Affiliate, Genetic Epidemiology Research Institute, University of California at Irvine, 2010-2013
Education:
  • PhD, Economics, University of California at Berkeley, 2002
  • BA, summa cum laude, Economics, Mathematics, and Public Service, Albion College, 1997
Contact Info:
Phone
615-322-0174
Email
christopher.s.carpenter@vanderbilt.edu
Website
Vanderbilt University profile
Other:
  • Associate Professor, Paul Merage School of Business, University of California at Irvine, 2009-2013
  • Area Coordinator and Equity Advisor to the Merage School of Business, University of California at Irvine, 2009-2013
  • Research Affiliate, Center for Demographic and Social Analysis, University of California at Irvine, 2005-2013
  • Assistant to Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of California at Irvine, 2004-2013
  • Associate Professor, Department of Education, University of California at Irvine, 2004-2013
  • Chair, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Review Committee, 2008-2010, 2012
  • Deemed Employee, Statistics Canada, 2007-2010
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2006-2010
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2005-2009
  • Assistant Professor, Paul Merage School of Business, University of California at Irvine, 2004-2009
  • Robert Wood Johnson Postdoctoral Scholar in Health Policy, University of Michigan, 2002-2004
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?