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David B. Mustard is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, where he has been on the faculty since September 1997. He earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago (August 1997), a M. Sc. in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh (February 1992) and a B. A. in Economics and History from the University of Rochester (May 1990). At Rochester he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with high honors in both majors.
Mustard’s research focuses on microeconomic policy-related questions, especially labor economics, education and merit-based aid, law and economics, crime, casino gaming, lotteries, gun control, the processing of tort cases, and sentencing. His external research grants have totaled in excess of $550,000, including two grants from the National Science Foundation to pursue research about the impacts of merit-based aid. He has testified about his research before state legislatures and as an expert witness in the courtroom. His research has been featured in National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Wall St. Journal, The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Washington Post, The Economist, and many other national, regional and local media outlets.
He resides in Athens, GA with his wife, Elizabeth, and children, David Andrew, Stephen, Mary, James, and Hannah, and dog Glory.
He has completed five marathons, donated almost seven gallons of blood, attends Faith Presbyterian Church,
Mustard joined IZA as a Research Fellow in June 2003.