Last updated on: 1/26/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Jeffrey A. Miron, PhD Biography

Title:
Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“[C]haracterization of marijuana’s effects is meant to suggest that the harms from marijuana are so great that no person who understood these harms would ever voluntarily consume marijuana. That characterization is not consistent with an objective assessment of the evidence.”

“Reply to ‘Marijuana, the Deceptive Drug’,” Massachusetts News, Feb. 2003

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to medical marijuana. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to medical marijuana issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Economics, Harvard University, 2007-present
  • Visiting Professor of Economics at Harvard University, 2004-2007
  • President, Bastiat Institute, 1999-2005
  • Professor of Economics, Boston University, 1990-2005
  • Visiting Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2000-2001
  • Chairman, Department of Economics, Boston University, 1992-1998
  • Visiting Scholar, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1988
Education:
  • PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1984
  • BA, magna cum laude, Economics, Swarthmore College, 1979
Other:
  • Field of Interest: Economics of Illegal Drugs