John V. Pepper is a Professor of Economics at the University of Virginia. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1996, and his B.A. in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University in 1987. His work examines identification problems that arise when evaluating a wide range of public policy questions including such subjects as health and disability programs, welfare policies (e.g., SNAP), and drug and crime policies. He has served as the study director of the National Research Council Committee for Improving Research Information and Data on Firearms, and as member of Committee on Improving Evaluation of Anti-Crime Programs.
He is an author of numerous published papers, conference presentations and edited books including several National Research Council reports—Measurement Problems in Criminal Justice Research (2003, with Carol Petrie), Informing America’s Policy on Illegal Drugs: What We Don’t Know Keeps Hurting Us (2001, with Charles Manski and Carol Petrie), Assessment of Two Cost-Effectiveness Studies on Cocaine Control Policy (1999, with Charles Manski and Yonette Thomas), and Firearms and Violence: A Critical Review (2005, with Charles Wellford and Carol Petrie).