Christopher “Kitt” Carpenter is a Professor of Economics, Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society, and Professor of Health Policy at Vanderbilt University. Kitt is an empirical labor and health economist by training and has published widely on the effects of public policies on health outcomes. He has studied drunk driving laws, cigarette taxes, clean indoor air laws, insurance mandates for cancer screenings, bicycle helmet laws, and laws banning cellphone use while driving. Kitt is also an expert in labor market outcomes for sexual minorities and has authored studies on earnings differentials for sexual minorities in the United States, Australia, and Canada. Kitt is Associate Editor at Journal of the European Economic Association; Editorial Board Member at the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management; and Editorial Board Member at the American Journal of Health Economics. He was previously Co-Editor in Chief at Industrial Relations. He holds a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley and a BA in mathematics, economics, and public service from Albion College (MI). His research has been supported by the American Cancer Society, the National Institutes of Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 2011.
A substantial economics literature documents that tighter alcohol controls reduce alcohol related harms, but far less is known about mechanisms. We use the universe of Canadian mortality records to document that Canada's Minimum Legal Drinking Age (MLDA) significantly reduces mortality rates of young men but has much smaller effects on...