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

William N. Evans, PhD Biography

Title:
Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame
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 alcohol’s 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:
  • Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Econometrics, University of Notre Dame, 2007-present
  • Editor, Journal of Human Resources, Feb. 2007–present
  • Executive Committee, Maryland Population Research Center, Sep. 2001-Aug. 2004, Aug. 2006-present
  • National Advisory Committee, Health Policy Scholars Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2002-present
  • Research Associate, Maryland Population Research Center, Sep. 2000-present
  • Member, American Economic Association, Population Association of America, 2010
  • Member, NSF Economics Review Panel, Spring 2006-Fall 2007
  • Coeditor, Journal of Human Resources, Jan. 2002–Feb. 2007
  • Professor, Department of Economics, University of Maryland, 1998-2007
  • Member, NIH Review Panel, Spring 2001, Summer 2003, Fall 2003, Spring 2004, Spring 2005, Summer 2005
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Sep. 2000-2004
  • Contributing Editor, Data Watch, Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2000-2002
  • Site Selection Committee, Health Policy Scholars Program, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2001
  • Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Maryland, 1994-1998
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Maryland, 1987-1994
Education:
  • PhD, Economics, Duke University, 1987
  • MA, Economics, Duke University, 1985
  • BA, Mathematics and Economics, Wake Forest University, 1983
Contact Info:
Phone
571-631-7039
Email
wevans1@nd.edu
Website
University of Notre Dame bio
Other:
  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1996-present
  • Departmental Teaching Award, Department of Economics, University of Maryland, Spring 2007, Fall 1994, Fall 1988
  • Graduate Research Board Distinguished Research Fellowship, University of Maryland, 2000-2001
  • Senior Research Associate, Project HOPE, Center for Health Affairs, 1993-2001
  • Member, NSF Review Panel, IT in the Workforce, Spring 2000
  • Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1993-1996
  • Distinguished Service, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland, Spring 1996
  • Alfred. P Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 1986-87
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