B.A. -- Kalamazoo College (Physics and Economics)
M.A., Ph.D. -- University of Wisconsin - Madison
David M. Betson is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics and is associated with the Hesburgh Program in Public Service at the University of Notre Dame. Previously he has been an Associate Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics then the Department of Economics and Policy Studies at the University of Notre Dame, a research associate at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin and a staff economist at the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. He has been a member of seven National Academy of Science panels. In 2004, he was elected an National Associate of the National Academy of Science. In August of 2009, he was appointed to the NAS Panel on Estimating the Number of Children Eligible for School Nutrition Programs. In December of 2010, he was appointed to the NAS Panel on Redesigning the BLS Consumer Expenditure Survey and the Panel on Measuring Medical Care Risk.
His research has dealt with the impact of tax and transfer programs on the economy and the distribution of income. A particular area of interest is child support policy in which he has written academic papers and consulted with numerous state governments on the development of their child support guidelines. In August of 2007, he was appointed to the Washington State Commission on the Review of Child Support Guidelines and served until September of 2008.