College of Social Sciences


David W. Rasmussen

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Dr. David W. Rasmussen was named Dean of the College of Social Sciences at Florida State University in March 2003. Holder of the James H. Gapinski Professorship in Economics, he joined the faculty of the FSU Department of Economics in 1968 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Professor in 1979. He received his Ph.D. from Washington University, St. Louis and his B.A. from Earlham College in. Dr. Rasmussen served as Director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center for the Study of Critical Issues of Government and Policy.

Over his career Professor Rasmussen's scholarly research and policy evaluation studies have addressed important public policy questions, including the economics of discrimination, urban and regional economic development, housing economics, criminal justice policy, and public efforts to control substance abuse. His work on the economics of crime has focused on public policy toward illicit drugs and the impact of alcohol control policies on drunk driving fatalities. This work has been supported by grants from numerous national, state and private foundations. He served as a consultant on a policy evaluation conducted by the National Drug Commission in the Czech Republic. Dr. Rasmussen is currently working on issues of housing affordability and the quality of neighborhoods.

Professor Rasmussen has written (or co-authored) five books and published over 75 articles in numerous leading professional journals. During his tenure at Florida State, Rasmussen has also worked at the Economic Development Administration (U.S. Department of Commerce), the Office of Policy Development and Research (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), the Urban Institute and served as an expert witness.

David and his wife, Joanne, have three children, Sarah, Kathryn, and James.