Last updated on: 10/5/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Jeffrey A. Miron, PhD Biography

Title:
Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Economics, Harvard University
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
Reasoning:

“If we are to truly tackle the dangers of youth drinking, we must admit that the National-21 experiment has failed.”

“The Dangers of the Drinking Age,” forbes.com, Apr. 15, 2009

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Economics, Harvard University, July 2007–present
  • Senior Fellow, Cato Institute, May 2009–present
  • Editorial Board, Cato Journal, Feb. 2009–present
  • Visiting Professor, Economics, Harvard University, July 2004–June 2007.
  • Professor, Economics, Boston University, Sep. 1990–June 2005
  • President, Bastiat Institute, Apr. 1999–June 2005
  • Visiting Professor, Economics, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sep. 2000–June 2001
  • Chairman, Department of Economics, Boston University, Sep. 1992–Aug. 1998
  • Visiting Scholar, Institut d’Economie Industrielle, Université des Sciences Sociales, Toulouse, France, June–Dec. 1997
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Economics, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sep. 1989–May 1990
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Economics, Boston University, Sep. 1989–Dec. 1989
  • Associate Professor, Economics, University of Michigan, Sep. 1989–June 1990
  • Olin Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, Sep. 1988–Aug. 1989
  • Assistant Professor, Economics, University of Michigan, Sep. 1984 – Aug. 1989
  • Visiting Scholar, National Bureau of Economic Research, Jan. 1988–Aug. 1988
Education:
  • PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984
  • BA, Economics, Swarthmore College, 1979
Other:
  • Board of Academic Advisors, Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research, May 1995–present
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1989–present
  • Senior Class List of Favorite Teachers, Harvard College, 2008
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 1992–1995
  • Cowritten with J. Zwiebel, “The Economic Case Against Drug Prohibition,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, Fall 1995
  • Cowritten with N.G. Mankiw and D. Weil, “The Founding of the Fed and the Behavior of Interest Rates: What Can be Learned from Small Samples?,” Journal of Monetary Economics, Dec. 1994
  • “Empirical Methodology in Macroeconomics: Explaining the Success of Milton Friedman and Anna J. Schwartz’s A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960,” Journal of Monetary Economics, Aug. 1994
  • Committee Member, National Academy of Sciences Committee on Drug Use and the Workplace, 1992–1993
  • Sloan Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship, 1990–1992
  • Olin Fellowship, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1988–1989
  • Faculty Research Fellow, Program in Economic Fluctuations, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1988–1989
  • Faculty Research Fellow, Program in Financial Markets and Monetary Economics, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1985–1989
  • Rackham Faculty Fellowship, University of Michigan, 1987
  • Visiting Honors Examiner in Economic Theory, Swarthmore College, 1986
  • Recipient, Social Science Research Council Fellowship, 1981
  • Recipient, Joshua P. Lippincott Fellowship for Graduate Study, 1979
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?