Con to the question "Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered from 21 to a Younger Age?"
"[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," www.nytimes.com, Feb. 10, 2015
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:
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
PhD, Economics, University of California at Berkeley, 2002
BA, summa cum laude, Economics, Mathematics, and Public Service, Albion College, 1997