John Dunham is the president of John Dunham and Associates, an economic consulting firm based in New York City. He specializes in the economics surrounding controversial products, including tobacco and beverage alcohol. He has conducted literally hundreds of studies on the effects of excise taxes and regulations. He is a regular commentator on U.S. economic conditions.
Prior to starting his own firm, Dunham was the senior U.S. economist with Philip Morris, the nationís largest consumer products company. In that capacity he produced research and information on key issues facing all of its lines of business, including tobacco, beer, and food products. Prior to Philip Morris, he was a senior economist for various state and local government agencies. This included the New York City Mayorís office, the New York City Comptrollerís office, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where he conducted the economic impact analysis of the World Trade Center.
Dunham received an MBA from Columbia University, an MA in economics from the New School for Social Research, and a BA in economics from the University of Colorado. He is a member of the American Economics Association and the National Association of Business Economists. His research has been published in a number of refereed journals, including Economic Inquiry.
Originally from Boulder, Dunham lives in Brooklyn Heights with his wife Alison and their two cats.