CURRICULUM VITAE

 

David J. Zimmerman

 

Department of Economics                                                        35 Prospect Street

Fernald House                                                                          Williamstown, MA 01267

Williams College                                                             (413) 458-4664

Williamstown, MA  01267

(413) 597-2192

 

Personal Information

 

Date of Birth:              April 2, 1962

Citizenship:                   Canadian, U.S. Permanent Resident

Marital Status:              Married

 

Education

 

Princeton University, Ph.D. (Economics), 1992               

Princeton University, M.A. (Economics),  1987

University of Toronto, Bachelor of Commerce (Honors), 1985

 

Employment and Affiliations

 

Professor, Williams College, 2003-

Resarch Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2003-

Chair, Department of Economics, Williams College, 2002 -

Associate Professor of Economics, Williams College, 1997 -

Assistant Professor of Economics, Williams College,  1991-1997

Associate, Institute for Research on Poverty, 1996 –

Director, Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education, 2002-

Participant,  Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education, 1995-2001

Participant, Forum for the Future of Higher Education, 1997-

Participant, NBER Program on Children’s Economic Welfare,  1993 –

Participant, NBER Program on Higher Education,  1998 –

Faculty Member, Law and Economics Center, George Mason University School of Law, Course for Law Professors on Advanced Quantitative Methods, Dartmouth College, July 1993 and July 1995.

Sabbatical Scholar,  Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 1995.

Sabbatical Scholar,  Centre for Industrial Relations, University of Toronto, June 1994 – December 1994.

Lecturer,  Department of Economics, Princeton University, 1990 – 1991.

Teaching Assistant, Princeton University, 1988-1990.

Researcher,  The World Bank, 1987-1988.

 


 

 

Publications

 

"Regression Toward  Mediocrity in Economic Stature", American Economic Review,  June 1992.

 

Review of A Small Town in Modern Times, by David M. Rayside, Journal of Regional Science, August 1992.

 

Review of The State of Working America, by Lawrence Mishel and Jared Bernstein,   Choice, October 1993.

 

"The Benefit of Additional High School Math and Science Classes For Young Women:  Evidence From Longitudinal Data,"  with Phil Levine, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, April 1995.

 

"A Comparison of the Sex-Type of Occupational Aspirations and Subsequent Achievement," with Phil Levine, Work and Occupations, February 1995.

 

Review of Values and Public Policy by Henry Aaron, Thomas Mann, and Timothy Taylor (eds.)  Journal of Economic Literature, 1996.

 

"Estimates of the Returns to Schooling from Sibling Data:  Fathers, Sons, and Brothers", with Orley Ashenfelter, Review of Economics and Statistics, 1996.

 

“The Effect of Medicaid Abortion Funding Restrictions on Abortions, Pregnancies and Births,” with Phil Levine and Amy Trainor, Journal of Health Economics, 1996.

 

“The Effects of State Restrictions on Medicaid Funding of Abortions,”  Focus, Vol. 17, no. 3 (Winter 1996).

 

"The Intergenerational Correlation in AFDC Participation:  Welfare Trap or Poverty Trap?" with Phil Levine, Institute for Research on Poverty Discussion Paper #1100-96.

 

“Parastatals in Zambia,” with Arup Banerji and Mwene Mwinga, in The Evaluation of Public Expenditures in Africa, edited by Henry Bruton and Catharine Hill,  The World Bank, 1996

 

“Roe v. Wade and American Fertility,” with Thomas Kane, Phil Levine, and Douglas Staiger, American Journal of Public Health, 1998.

 

“An Empirical Analysis of the Welfare Magnet Debate Using the NLSY,” with Phil Levine,  Journal of Population Economics, 1999.

 

“Students Educating Students:  The Role of Peer Effects in Higher Education,”  with George Goethals and Gordon Winston.  Futures Forum, 1999.

 

“Students Educating Students: The Emerging Role of Peer Effects in Higher Education,” with George Goethals and Gordon Winston,  Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education, Discussion Paper #50, 1999.

 

“Where is Aggressive Price Competition Taking Higher Education,” with Gordon Winston, Change, July/August 2000.

 

Book Review:  Tuition Rising, by Ronald Ehrenberg, forthcoming Journal of Economic Literature, June 2002.

 

Statistics and Econometrics:  Methods and Applications, with Phil Levine and Orley Ashenfelter, John Wiley and Sons, 2002.

 

Peer Effects in Higher Education, with Gordon Winston, forthcoming 2003 in College Decisions:  How Students Actually Make Them and How they Could, C. Hoxby, ed., University of Chicago Press.

 

“Peer Effects in Higher Education:  Evidence from a Natural Experiment, Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education, forthcoming Review of Economics and Statistics, 2003.

 

“Children's Welfare Exposure and Subsequent Development,” with Phillip B. Levine, forthcoming Journal of Public Economics, 2003. 

 

“Discrimination in the Small Business Market,” with David Blanchflower and Phil Levine, forthcoming Review of Economics and Statistics, 2003.

 

 

Work in Progress

 

“Maternal Welfare Receipt and Children’s Educational Performance,”  with Phil Levine.

 

“Maternal Welfare Receipt and Teen Fertility:  An Intergenerational Analysis,”  with Phil Levine.

 

“Do Liberal Arts Colleges Create Better People?”

 

“Institutional Ethos, Peers, and Individual Outcomes.”

 

 

 


Awards and Fellowships

 

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (with Al Goethals and Gordon Winston through The Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education) 1999 ($553,000)

 

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (with Al Goethals and Gordon Winston through The Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education) 1999 ($475,000)

 

William T. Grant Foundation (with Phillip B. Levine) 1996-1999 ($220,498).

 

Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, Sabbatical Grant, 1995.

 

Research grant from Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education, 1996 and 1997.

 

Book Creation Grant, Wiley Publishing Co., 1994.

 

Department of Labor Research Grant (with Phillip B. Levine) 1992- 1993 ($40,000).

 

Princeton University Fellowship, 1985-1990.

 

Princeton University, Department of Economics'  Nominee for University-wide Teaching Award, 1989-90.

 

Princeton University, Department of Economics'  Nominee for University-wide Teaching Award, 1988-89.

 

 

Conference Presentations

 

American Economic Association Annual Meeting, January 1992, presented “Comparing Young Women's Occupational Aspirations and Achievement:  A Test of PreMarket Based Explanations of Occupational Segregation.”

 

University of Minnesota, Industrial Relations Center, 1993, presented “The Intergenerational Correlation in Welfare Participation:  Welfare Trap or Poverty Trap?”

 

Canadian Labor Economics Conference at the University of Toronto, 1993, presented “The Intergenerational Correlation in Welfare Participation:  Welfare Trap or  Poverty Trap?”

 

Williams College, 1993, presented “The Intergenerational Correlation in Welfare Participation:  Welfare Trap or Poverty Trap?”

 

National Bureau of Economic Research, Labor Studies Conference, July 1993, presented “Estimating the Returns to Schooling using Sibling Data.”

 

National Bureau of Economic Research, Workshop on Social Insurance, August 1993 presented “The Intergenerational Correlation in Welfare Participation: Welfare Trap or Poverty Trap?”

 

Northeast Universities Development Consortium, October 1993, discussed "Econometric Evidence on Growth and the Distribution of Human Capital Investment," by S. Smith and H. Courtney.

 

 

American Economic Association Annual Meeting, January 1994, presented “The Additional Benefits of Additional High School Math and Science Training for Young Women: Evidence from Longitudinal Data.”

 

American Economic Association Annual Meeting, January 1994, discussed "Marital Breakups in the Seattle-Denver Income Maintenance Experiment: A Different Conclusion," by Glen Cain and Douglas Wissoker.

 

American Economic Association Annual Meeting, January 1994, discussed "A Hand-Up or a Hand-Out: Will Minimizing Exposure to and Reliance on Welfare Improve The Educational Outcomes of Young Men?," by E. Michael Foster.

 

University of Massachusetts, April 1994, presented “The Intergenerational Correlation in Welfare Participation:  Welfare Trap or Poverty Trap?”.

 

Queens University, December 1994,  presented “The Effect  of State Abortion Restrictions on Abortions, Pregnancies and Births.”

 

University of Toronto, December 1994, presented “The Effect  of State Abortion Restrictions on Abortions, Pregnancies and Births.”

 

University of Wisconsin, Institute for Research on Poverty, April 1995, presented “An Empirical Analysis of the Welfare Magnet Debate.”

 

IRP, ASPE (DHHS), BLS, and FCS Poverty Research Seminar Series, Washington, D.C., May 1995,  presented “An Empirical Analysis of the Welfare Magnet Debate.”

 

National Bureau of Economic Research, May 1995, presented “The Effect  of State Abortion Restrictions on Abortions, Pregnancies and Births.”

 

National Bureau of Economic Research, May 1995, presented “An Empirical Analysis of the Welfare Magnet Debate.”

 

University of Wisconsin, Labor Seminar, October 1995, presented “An Empirical Analysis of the Welfare Magnet Debate.”

 

University of Wisconsin, Institute for Research on Poverty, November 1995, presented “The Effect  of State Abortion Restrictions on Abortions, Pregnancies and Births.”

 

American Economic Association Annual Meeting, January 1996, presented “An Empirical Analysis of the Welfare Magnet Debate.”

 

Moderator at Debate between Julian Simon and Vernon Briggs: Immigration:  Problem or Prospect?, Williams College, March 6, 1996.

 

Williams College, April 1996, presented “An Empirical Analysis of the Welfare Magnet Debate.”

 

Statistics Canada,  Ottawa, Ontario, Conference on Intergenerational Equity, February 1997,  Discussed “Estimating the Intergenerational Correlation in Earnings using Canadian Data” by Miles Corak et. al at.

 

Massachusetts Institute for Social and Economic Research,  May 1997, presented “An Empirical Analysis of the Welfare Magnet Debate.”

 

Williams College, Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education Summer Conference, July 1997.  Presentation on Peer Effects in Higher Education.

 

Participant at Forum for the Future of Higher Education,  The Aspen Institute, Aspen Colorado.  September 1997.

 

American Economic Association Annual Meeting, January 1998, discussant at Session on Welfare Reform in the 90’s.

 

Moderator at Debate between Michael McPherson and Abigail Thernstrom: Should overnments forbid all colleges and universities from taking race into account in admissions?, Williams College, March 5, 1998.

 

Aspen Institute, Aspen, Colorado, October 1998, presented “Students Educating Students: The Emerging Role of Peer Effects in Higher Education.”

 

Virginia Conference on the Economics of Higher Education, October 1998, presented “Students Educating Students: The Emerging Role of Peer Effects in Higher Education.”

 

American Economic Association Meetings 1999, discussed “Education and Income in the Early 20th Century: Evidence from the Great Plains: 1915-1950” by Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz.

 

Federal Reserve System Research Conference, Business and Access to Capital and Credit, March 8, 1999, presented “Discrimination in the Small Business Market.”

 

NBER, Higher Education Working Group, May 1, 1999 discussed “Gender Differences in Salary and Promotion in the Humanities” by Donna Ginther and Kathy Hayes.

 

Cornell University, Higher Education Working Group, October 16, 1999, discussed “Do Indirect Cost Rates Matter” by  Ron Ehrenberg and Jaroslava Mykula.

 

NBER, Higher Education Working Group, October 29, 1999, presented “Peer Effects in Higher Education:  Evidence from a Natural Experiment.”

 

Northwestern University, Joint Center for Poverty Research, November 12, 1999, presented “Maternal Welfare Receipt and Children’s Health and Development.”

 

Hunter College, New York, March 18, 2000, presented “Peer Effects in Higher Education:  Evidence from a Natural Experiment.”

 

National Association of College and University Business Officers Annual Meetings, Chicago, July 25, 2000, presented “Where is Aggressive Price Competition Taking Higher Education.”

 

Williams College, October 11, 2000, presented “Peer Effects in Higher Education:  Evidence from a Natural Experiment.”

 

Boston University, Institution on Race and Social Division, December 1, 2000, presented “Research at the Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education: An Update.”

 

American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Friday, January 19,2001, presented “Peer Effects in Higher Education:  Evidence from a Natural Experiment.”

 

Cornell University, Higher Education Working Group, May 22, 2001 Discussant for two papers.

 

NBER, Higher Education Working Group, Nov 9, 2001 discussed “Loans, Liquidity, and Schooling Decisions” by Susan Dynarski.

 

Cornell University, Higher Education Working Group, May 2002, discussant.

 

National Bureau of Economic Research, Higher Education Conference (Bretton Woods, NH), presented “Peer Effects in Higher Education,”  August 2002.

 

Williams College, October 23, 2002, presented “Peer Effects in Higher Education.”

 

National Bureau of Economic Research, Higher Education Meeting, November 15, 2002, discussed “Making SAT Scores Optional in Selective College Admissions: A Case Study,” by Michael Robinson and Jim Monks.

 

Cornell University, Higher Education Working Group, May 2003, Chair of Session.

 


Referee for Journals and Foundations

 

American Economic Review

Journal of Human Resources

Industrial and Labor Relations Review

Economics of Education Review

Social Science Quarterly

The Journal of Economic Education

Journal of Population Economics

Review of Economics and Statistics

National Science Foundation

Smith-Richardson Foundation

Journal of Labor Economics

Journal of Industrial Organization

Journal of Public Economics

 

Courses Taught at Williams College

Economics 101, Introduction to Economics

Economics 237, Wealth and Poverty

Economics 253, Empirical Economic Methods

Economics 255, Econometrics

Economics 359,  The Economics of Higher Education

Economics 371, Economic Justice

Economics 401, Senior Seminar

Economics 510, Econometrics at the Center for Development Economics

 

Service to Williams College

Economics 101 Coordinator

Economics 401 Coordinator

Chair, Information Technology Committee

Advisor to Provost’s Office:  Athletic Salaries (1998)

Freshman Advisor

Committee on Academic Computing

Political Economy Committee

Department Hiring Committee

Graduate School Advisor

Department Computer Coordinator

Department Curriculum Committee

Herchel-Smith, Donovan-Moody, and Martin-Wilson Scholarship Committee (2001)

Hiring Committee for Assistant Provost (2001)

Faculty Steering Committee (2001, 2002)

Study Away Coordinator (2001)

Department Chair (2002- )

Committee on Priorities and Resources 2003


References

Professor Gordon Winston

Department of Economics

Williams College

Williamstown, MA  01267

Phone: (413) 458-2271

 

Professor Orley Ashenfelter

Industrial Relations Section

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ  08544-1021

Phone:  (609) 258-4040

 

Professor Michael McPherson

President

Macalester College

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Phone:  (612) 696-6207