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David B. Mustard

David B. Mustard is the Josiah Meigs Distingusihed Professor of Economics in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, where he has been on the faculty since September 1997. Mustard 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, magna cum laude, and with high honors in both majors.

Mustard is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany and a Senior Fellow at the UGA Institute of Higher Education, Adjunct Professor in the UGA Department of Public Administration and Policy, and serves on the Editorial Board of Education, Finance, and Policy. He has been a visiting professor at L’Université Jean Moulin in Lyon, France, a visiting research fellow at IZA, a member and of the Georgia Governor’s Workers’ Compensation Review Commission and a co-author of the Commission’s final report.

Mustard’s research focuses on microeconomic policy-related questions, especially law and economics, crime, casino gambling, lotteries, gun control, sentencing, labor economics, education and merit-based aid. He has earned external grants for his research that have totaled in excess of $550,000, including two grants from the National Science Foundation for research on 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 Wall St. Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, The Economist, and many other national, regional and local media outlets.

He has taught First-Year Odyssey (FRES 1001), Principles of Microeconomics (Econ 2106H), Economic Development of the US (Econ 2200), Economics of Education (Econ 4250), Law and Economics (Econ 4450/6450), Economic Analysis for Business Leaders (Econ 7010), Ph.D. Labor Economics II (Economics 8420), and a Ph.D. course in research methods (Econ 8090). 

Mustard has won numerous teaching awards, including the Terry College of Business Teacher of the Year, the Richard B. Russell Undergraduate Teaching Award for excellence in undergraduate instruction at UGA for faculty who completed their Ph.D. in the previous ten years, and the J. Hatten Howard, III Teaching Award, which is awarded for outstanding teaching in the UGA Honors Program for faculty who are early in their academic career. Mustard regularly teaches in UGA’s honors program and supervises undergraduate research. He has regularly advised undergraduate researchers who have qualified for the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) conference. His advisees have won university-wide awards for the Most Outstanding Paper in the Social Sciences, the Most Outstanding Paper on an International Topic, and the Most Outstanding Paper with a Civic Focus.

Mustard has completed five marathons (Chicago, Steamtown, Detroit, Marine Corps, and Rochester) He ran the Marine Corps Marathon with Team in Training to raise money for research and patient treatment for leukemia and lymphoma. He has donated almost seven gallons of blood, is a member of Faith Presbyterian Church, serves on the advisory board of the University of Georgia Christian Faculty Forum, and resides in Athens with his wife Elizabeth, three sons David Andrew, Stephen, and James, two daughters Mary and Hannah, dogs Glory and Bruno, and cats Skinny and HD.


Department of Economics
Terry College of Business
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-6254
Phone: 706-542-3624 
Fax: 706-542-3376