Faculty Research


Faculty in the Department of Economics produce quality applied research so you can directly benefit from their insights in the classroom. Check out the latest research by our faculty.


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  • 2023

    Burnett, J. Wesley and Calvin Blackwell. 2023. “Graphical causal modeling: An application to identify and estimate cause-and-effect relationships.” Applied Economics. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00036846.2023.2208856 

    Wyman, D. and C. Mothorpe. The price is right? The impact of scenic view on the pricing of residential property. The Appraisal Journal, 91(2-3): 143 -157, 2023.

    Sobel, R. S., Walker, D. M., & Meister, A. P. (2023) The relationship between the U.S. economy and consumer spending in the U.S. casino sector. Gaming Law Review, 1-40.

    Turley, P., Wang, W., & Hefner, F. L. (2023). Stock Performance of the Cannabis Industry Compared to Other Sin Industries. The Journal of Beta Investment Strategies.

    Walker, D. M., & Nesbit, T. M. (2023). A comparison of clustered and isolated casino performance in Missouri. UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal, 27(1), 71-91.

    Witte, M., and H.C. Wang. Does hosting the Super Bowl create jobs? Atlantic Economic Journal-Anthology, 51/3, September 2023, 215-217.

  • 2022

    Allen, M. T., Benefield, J. D., Cain, C. L., Maynard, N. A. (2022). Distressed Property Sales: Differences and Similarities Across Types of Distress. The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics.

    Arioldi, D., Ventura, L., Witte, M. D. (2022). Network-adjusted market share and the currency denomination of trade. The World Economy.

    Walker, D. M., LaPlante, D., Nelson, S. (2022). Quitting while you're ahead: Evidence for individual gambling thresholds from a survey of Massachusetts gamblers. Journal of Gambling Business and Economics, 15 (1), 3-24.

  • 2021

    Burnett, J. W., Hefner, F. L. (2021). Solar Energy Adoption: A Case Study of South Carolina. The Electricity Journal, 34 (5).

    Calcagno, P. T., Montgomery, M. M. (2021). The gender wage gap: an analysis of US congressional staff members. Public Choice.

    Calcagno, P. T., Jackson, J., (2021). Social Trust and Regulation: A Time Series Analysis of the United States. In Regulation and Economic Opportunity: Blueprints for Reform (Center for Opportunity and Growth).

    W. Burnett and C. Mothorpe. Human-induced earthquakes, risk salience, and housing values. Resource and Energy Economics, 63:1-19, 2021

    Walker, D. M. and Wagner, G. (2021). Did video gaming expansion boost municipal revenues in Illinois? Southern Economic Journal, 88 (2), 649-679.

  • 2020

    Calcagno, Peter and Joshua C. Hall (2020). “Formal and informal constraints on state government and economic freedom,” Economics Bulletin, Vol. 40 No. 1: 67-74.

    Calcagno, Peter T. and Maldonado, Beatriz (2020). “Divided Government in Latin America,” Applied Economics Letters, Vol. 27 no. 12: 1010-1015.

    Hackler, Lauren, Hefner, Frank, and Witte, Mark D. (2020). “The Effects of IMF Loan Condition Compliance on GDP Growth,” The American Economist, 65 (1) 88-96.

    Madariaga, Jessica and A. Bekkerman (2020). "The Impact of Trade Openness on Relative Equipment
    Prices: Lessons from Latin America." Economica, doi:10.1111/ecca.12332.

    Maldonado, Beatriz (2020). “Do Foreign Aid Donors Reward Recipients for Gender Equality?” (with Daniel L. Hicks), Applied Economic Letters, Vol. 27(1), pp. 46-51.

    D. Wyman, Mothorpe, Christopher, and B. McLeod (2020). "Airbnb and VRBO: The impact of short term tourist rentals on residential property pricing." Current Issues in Tourism. Doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/13683500.2019.1711027.

    Walker, Douglas M., M. Hilbrecht, D. Baxter, et al. (2020). "The Conceptual Framework of Harmful Gambling: A Revised Framework for Understanding Gambling Harm," Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 9(2): 190-205.

  • 2019

    Blackwell, Calvin and Calcagno, Peter (2019). “Party-crashers or Wallflowers? The Lack of Strategic Voting in Experimental.” Applied Economics Letters 26(19), pp. 1641-1648. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504851.2019.1591585

    Ahnen, David and Calcagno, Peter T. (2019). “Constitutions and Social Trust: An Analysis of the U.S. States” Journal of Private Enterprise Vol. 34 no. 3 Fall 2019:11-33.

    Sobel, Russell S., Reagan N. Sobel, Walker, Douglas M., and Calcagno, Peter T. (2019). “How Effective Are Expert TV Hosts at Saving Failing Businesses?” Contemporary Economic Policy – Vol. 37 no 1 2019: 9-24. DOI 10.111/coep.12285

    Benefield, Justin, Hefner, Frank, and Harris Hollans (2019). “Green Certifications in Residential Real Estate: Discounted Cost Savings or Name Recognition?” Journal of Real Estate Literature, 27 (1) 145-158.

    Madariaga, JessicaMaynard, Norman and U. Nair-Reichert (2019). "Investment Specific Productivity and the Role of Imported Equipment in Latin America." Applied Economic Letters, https://doi.org/10.1080/13504851.2019.1679341

    Maldonado, Beatriz (2019). “Is There Adaptation to Predictable Climate Change Along the Temperature-Conflict Nexus?Evidence from the El Niño Southern Oscillation” (with Daniel L. Hicks), Applied Economic Letters, Vol. 26(11), pp. 893-897.

    Witte, Mark and Hao-Chen Liu (November 2019). "Preferred Habitat, Window Dressing, or Both?  Evidence from Foreign Exchange Swaps in Taiwan”, Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies, 22/3, pp 1-20.