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Douglas Walker, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics

Address: Beatty Center, Room 427
Office Hours: Tues/Thurs 3:00-4:00 PM and Weds. 10:00-11:30 AM or by appointment
Phone: 843.953.8192
Personal Website:

Doug Walker is recognized as a top expert in the world on the economic and social impacts of gambling. He has published two books and over 40 journal articles and book chapters on the economics of gambling. His second book, Casinonomics, was published in May 2013. Prior coming to the College of Charleston in 2007, Walker taught at Auburn, Louisiana State University, and Georgia College. He teaches microeconomics, international economics, senior seminar, and a special topics course on the economics of gambling. Walker received his B.S. in accounting from Kansas State University, and his Ph.D. in economics from Auburn.

Current Courses


Auburn University - Auburn, Alabama
Ph.D., Economics, 1998

Kansas State University - Manhattan, Kansas
B.S., Business Administration, 1993

Research Interests

  • Economics of gambling
  • Applied microeconomics

Courses Taught

  • ECON 200  Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 310 International Economics
  • ECON 317  Microeconomic Analysis
  • ECON 360  Economics of Gambling
  • ECON 400  Senior Seminar


Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Research Award for 2008-09, College of Charleston, School of Business and Economics


Book:  Casinonomics: The Socioeconomic Impacts of the Casino Industry (Springer, 2013)

“Casino revenue sensitivity to competing casinos:  a spatial analysis of Missouri,” with T. Nesbit. Growth and Change (forthcoming, 2013)

“Casinos and political corruption in the United States: a Granger causality analysis,” with P. Calcagno. Applied Economics, vol. 45 (2013)

“The effect of legalized gambling on state government revenue,” with J. Jackson. Contemporary Economic Policy, vol. 29 (2011)

“The impact of casinos on fatal alcohol-related traffic accidents in the United States,” with C. Cotti. Journal of Health Economics, vol. 29 (2010)

“Determinants of the probability and timing of commercial casino legalization in the United States,” with P. Calcagno and J. Jackson. Public Choice, vol. 142 (2010)