Last updated on: 10/11/2010 | Author: ProCon.org

Thomas S. Dee, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Virginia
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
Reasoning:

“The existence of learning-by-doing raises the disturbing possibility that policies, which keep teens away from alcohol, may to some degree simply shift alcohols risks to young adulthood.”

“Behavioral Policies and Teen Traffic Safety,” American Economic Review, May 2001

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
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:
  • Professor, Public Policy and Economics, University of Virginia, 2010-present
  • Editorial Board, Educational Researcher, 2010-present
  • Co-editor, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 2010-present
  • Research Associate, Programs on the Economics of Education, Health Economics and Children, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2009-present
  • Member, Economics of Education Research Group, CESifo Institute for Economic Research, 2009-present
  • Principal member, Education Systems and Broad Reform Review Panel, Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education, 2009-present
  • Fellow, China Center for Human Capital and Labor-Market Research, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China, 2008-present
  • Member, Technical Working Group, National Evaluation of Magnet Schools, Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education, 2008-present
  • Director, Public Policy Program, Swarthmore College, 2005-2010
  • Associate Professor, Economics, Swarthmore College, 2005-2010
  • Member, Method Issues Working Group, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, U.S. Department of Education, 2008-2009.
  • Member, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Selection Committee, 2009 Spencer Foundation Lecture in Education Policy and Management, 2009
  • Member, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Program Committee, Fall 2008
  • Assistant Professor, Economics, Swarthmore College, 1999-2005
  • Assistant Professor, Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1997-1999
Education:
  • PhD, Economics, University of Maryland, 1997
  • MA, Economics, University of Maryland, 1994
  • BA, Economics, Swarthmore College, 1990
Other:
  • Member, TEF Brain Trust, National Education Association, 2008-present
  • Member, Future of American Education Project, American Enterprise Institute, 2007-present
  • Member, Technical Working Group, After-School Project, Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education, 2004-present
  • Faculty Research Fellow, Programs on the Economics of Education, Health Economics and Children, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2000-2009
  • Member, What Works Clearinghouse Panel on School Turnaround, Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education, 2007-2008
  • Visiting Scholar, School of Education, Stanford University, 2006-2007
  • Principal Member, Education Systems and Broad Reform Review Panel, Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education, 2005-2007
  • Scholar, National Young Faculty Leaders Forum, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 2002-2005
  • Consultant, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation research grant for “State Alcohol Policy and Motor Vehicle Fatalities among Young Adults,” 2003
  • Visiting Fellow, Education Research Section, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 2002-2003
  • Winner, Dissertation Grant, American Educational Research Association, 1996-97
  • Recipient, George M. Phillips Award for Graduate Research in the Public Interest, University of Maryland, 1997
  • Finalist, National Tax Association Dissertation Award, 1997
  • Winner, First-Place Award, Graduate Research Interaction Day, University of Maryland, Apr. 1996
  • Recipient, Departmental Teaching Award, Department of Economics, University of Maryland, Spring 1996
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?