David Merriman, Ph.D.

Dr. David Merriman is a Professor at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His current research focus is on the avoidance of tobacco taxes. In recent studies, he analyzed the tax stamps on littered cigarette packs to measure the degree to which smokers avoid cigarette taxes. He is also interested in using littered cigarette packs to monitor compliance with FDA regulations.

David earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his dissertation was awarded first prize for the outstanding doctoral dissertation in government spending and taxation by the National Tax Association.