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. The National Science Foundation has funded his research examining the impacts of merit-based aid. Mustard's (and colleague Christopher Cornwell's) work in this area represents one of the country's most sustained and rigorous empirical examinations of these types of programs.
- B.A., Economics and History, University of Rochester, 1990
- M.S., International and European Politics, University of Edinburgh, 1992
- Ph.D., Economics, University of Chicago, 1997
- John R. Lott, Jr. and David B. Mustard. 1997. Crime, Deterrence and the Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns . Journal Of Legal Studies, (26):1-68.
- David B. Mustard. 2001. Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities in Sentencing: Evidence from the US Federal Courts. Journal Of Law And Economics, (44):635-358.
- Gould, Eric D., David B. Mustard, and Bruce A. Weinberg. 2002. Crime Rates and Local Labor Market Opportunities in the United States: 1977-1997. No Publisher, (84):45-61.
- David B. Mustard. 2003. Reexamining Criminal Behavior: The Importance of Omitted Variable Bias. Review Of Economics And Statistics, (85):205-211.