D. Mark Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics & Economics at Montana State University. He received his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Washington in 2011.

Dr. Anderson is an applied microeconomist with research interests in education, health, crime, and risky behavior. His research has appeared in journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Journal, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Health Economics, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Currently, Dr. Anderson is studying the effects of occupational licensing on consumer welfare, technological innovation and health at the turn of the 20th century, and the relationship between child access gun laws and youth gun carrying in the United States.

Mark joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in July 2016.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10590
D. Mark Anderson, Kerwin Kofi Charles, Claudio Las Heras Olivares, Daniel I. Rees

The U.S. tuberculosis movement pioneered many of the strategies of modern public health campaigns. Dedicated to eradicating a specific disease, it was spearheaded by voluntary associations and supported by the sale of Christmas seals. Although remarkable in its scope and intensity, the effectiveness of the tuberculosis (TB) movement has not...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10074

Occupational licensing is intended to protect consumers. Whether it does so is an important, but unanswered, question. Exploiting variation across states and municipalities in the timing and details of midwifery laws introduced during the period 1900-1940, and using a rich data set that we assembled from primary sources, we find...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10071
D. Mark Anderson, Sina Sandholt
forthcoming in American Journal of Health Economics

In an effort to increase booster seat use among children, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is encouraging state legislators to promote stricter booster seat laws, yet there is a paucity of information on booster seat efficacy relative to other forms of restraint. Using data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9830

Despite intense public interest in keeping guns out of schools, next to nothing is known about the effects of gun control policies on youth gun carrying or school violence. Using data from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS) for the period 1993-2013, this study is the first to examine the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8718
forthcoming at Economic Journal

Drawing on county-level data from Kansas for the period 1977-2011, we examine whether plausibly exogenous increases in the number of establishments licensed to sell alcohol by the drink are related to violent crime. During this period, 86 out of 105 counties in Kansas voted to legalize the sale of alcohol...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7761
published in: Journal of Law and Economics, 2015, 58 (1), 235-267

During the period 2001-2009, four combat brigades and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment were based at Fort Carson, Colorado. These units were repeatedly deployed during the Iraq War, allowing us to measure the effect of arguably exogenous changes in troop levels on violent crime in El Paso County, where Fort...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7048
published in: International Review of Law and Economics, 2015, 42, 122–134

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently announced a goal of reducing drugged driving by 10 percent within three years. In an effort to achieve this goal, ONDCP is encouraging all states to adopt per se drugged driving laws, which make it illegal to operate a motor vehicle...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6592
published in: American Law and Economics Review, 2015,17 (2), 495-528

While at least a dozen state legislatures are considering bills to allow the consumption of marijuana for medicinal purposes, the federal government has recently intensified its efforts to close medical marijuana dispensaries. Federal officials contend that the legalization of medical marijuana encourages teenagers to use marijuana and have targeted dispensaries...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6577
published in: Economic Inquiry, 2015, 53 (1), 294-317

While the contemporaneous association between mental health problems and criminal behavior has been explored in the literature, the long-term consequences of such problems, depression in particular, have received much less attention. In this paper, we examine the effect of depression during adolescence on the probability of engaging in a number...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6280
published as 'Medical Marijuana Laws and Suicides by Gender and Age' in: American Journal of Public Health, 2014, 104 (12), 2369-2376

Using state-level data for the period 1990 through 2007, we estimate the effect of legalizing medical marijuana on suicide rates. Our results suggest that the passage of a medical marijuana law is associated with an almost 5 percent reduction in the total suicide rate, an 11 percent reduction in the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6112
published in: Journal of Law and Economics, 2013, 56 (2), 333-369

To date, 16 states have passed medical marijuana laws, yet very little is known about their effects. Using state-level data, we examine the relationship between medical marijuana laws and a variety of outcomes. Legalization of medical marijuana is associated with increased use of marijuana among adults, but not among minors....