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Calvin Blackwell, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics, Department Chair

Address: Beatty 403
Office Hours: M,T 1:00-3:00 pm and by appointment
Phone: 843.953.7836
Curriculum Vitae: Download

Calvin Blackwell earned his B.A. in History and Economics from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of New Mexico. Currently, he is an associate professor of economics at the College of Charleston. He has been a visiting professor at Texas A&M University, and has taught economics at the University of New Mexico and to students in the Republic of Kazakstan. His research interests include experimental economics, asset markets, and public finance, and he has published papers in academic journals like the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, National Tax Journal, Public Finance Review and the Journal of Economics and Finance.


University of New Mexico - Albuquerque, New Mexico
Ph.D., Economics, Dec. 2000

University of Virginia - Charlottesville, Virginia
B.A., Economics/History, May 1993

Research Interests

  • Experimental Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Complexity

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Labor Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Statistics and Introductory Econometrics
  • Game Theory
  • Seminar in Environmental Studies
  • Seminar in Public Finance
  • Managerial Economics
  • Economic Theory for Policy Analysis

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Service Award, School of Business, College of Charleston, Spring 2008
  • Outstanding Research Award, School of Business, College of Charleston, Spring 2004


Blackwell, Calvin, Frank Hefner and Emily Lindberg. Forthcoming. “Power Laws and Regional Convergence.” American Economist.

Litvin, Stephen W., Wayne W. Smith and Calvin Blackwell. 2012. “Destination Marketing, Accommodation Taxes, and Mandated Tourism Promotional Expenditures: Maybe Time to Reconsider.” Current Issues in Tourism 15(4), pp. 385-390.

Blackwell, Calvin and Michael McKee. 2012. “Alchian and Allen Visit the IRS: Costly Audits and Taxpayer Compliance.” Applied Economics Letters 19(17), pp. 1731-1734.

Blackwell, Calvin. 2011. “Results from a Simple Prediction Contest.” Journal of Prediction Markets 5(1), pp. 12-25.

Blackwell, Calvin. 2011. “A Quasi-Experimental Test of the Marginal Trader Hypothesis.” Kyklos 64(4), pp. 479-499.

Blackwell, Calvin and Robert Pickford. 2011. “The Wisdom of the Few or the Wisdom of the Many? An Indirect Test of the Marginal Trader Hypothesis.” Journal of Economics and Finance 35(2), pp. 164-180.

Blackwell, Calvin, Susannah Sheldon, David Lansbury and Dyanne Vaught. 2010 (Actually published in 2012). “Beach Re-nourishment and Property Value Growth: The Case of Folly Beach, South Carolina.” Review of Regional Studies, 40(3), pp. 273-286.

Blackwell, Calvin and Michael McKee. 2010. “Is There a Bias Toward Contributing to Local Public Goods? Cultural Effects.” Forum for Social Economics, 39(3), pp. 243-257.

Blackwell, Calvin and Jeffrey Yost. 2010. “Transfer Pricing Mechanisms for Coordinating Delegated Decisions amongst Multiple Agents.” Journal of Business, Industry and Economics, 13, pp. 43-58.

Download curriculum vitae for a complete listing of publications and other professional accomplishments.