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Peter Calcagno, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics, Director of the Center for Public Choice and Market Process

Address: Beatty Center, Room 433
Office Hours: TR 1:30-3:00 pm, F 10:00 am-12:00 pm, and by appointment
Phone: 843.953.4279
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Dr. Peter Calcagno started his career at the College of Charleston in 2003.  He earned his B.S. in Economics and History from Hillsdale College and Ph.D. in Economics from Auburn University.  Dr. Calcagno has previously worked at Wingate University, Jacksonville State University, and Georgia State University. He is particularly interested in Public Choice Economics, Political Economy, and Public Finance. In 2008, Dr. Calcagno received the School of Business and Economics Distinguished Teaching Award, and is currently the founding director of the organization Center for Public Choice & Market Process. He is a member of the Public Choice Society and Association of Private Enterprise Education.


Auburn University - Auburn, Alabama
Ph.D., Economics, 1997

Hillsdale College - Hillsdale, Michigan
B.S., Economics and History(magna cum laude), 1992

Research Interests

Fields of Specialization
  • Public Choice
  • Public Finance
  • Economics of Voting
  • State Fiscal Policy
General Areas of Interest
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Regulation
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Regional Economics
  • Money and banking

Courses Taught

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Money and Banking
  • Labor Economics
  • Economics Principles & Business Policy
  • History of Economic Thought
  • Public Finance
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Public Sector Economics (MPA)
  • Managerial Economics (MBA)
  • Comparative Economic Systems

Honors and Awards

  • Summer Research Grant, Center for Public Choice & Market Process, College of Charleston, 2012
  • Summer Research Grant, Center for Public Choice & Market Process, College of Charleston, 2010
  • Summer Research, Center for Public Choice & Market Process, College of Charleston, Grant 2009
  • Summer Research Grant, School of Business and Economics, College of Charleston, 2008


Calcagno, Peter T. and Sobel, Russell S. "Regulatory Costs on Entrepreneurship and Establishment Employment Size" Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal Vol. 41 no. 1 2013.

Walker, Douglas M. and Calcagno, Peter T. “Casinos and Political Corruption in the United States: A Granger Causality Analysis” Applied Economics - Vol. 45 no. 34 2013: 4781-4795.

Calcagno, Peter T. and Benefield, Justin D. "Economic Freedom, the Cost of Public Borrowing, and State Bond Ratings" Journal of Financial Economic Policy Vol. 5 no.1 2013: 72-85.

Escaleras, Monica P., Calcagno, Peter T. and Shugart II, William F. “Corruption and Voter Participation Evidence from the U.S. States” Public Finance Review Vol. 40 no.6 2012: 789-815.

Calcagno, Peter T. and Lopez, Edward J. “Divided We Vote” Public Choice Vol. 151 No. 3-4 2012: 517-536.

Calcagno, Peter T. and Whitson, Whitney “Of Golf, Capitalism and Socialism: An Empirical Analysis” Atlantic Economic Journal Vol. 39 No. 2 2011: 199-200.

Calcagno, Peter T., Hall, Joshua C. and Lawson, Robert A. “Objectivism versus Subjectivism: A Market Test” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization Vol. 76 2010: 445-448.

Calcagno, Peter T., Walker, Douglas M. and Jackson, John D. “Determinants of the Probability and Timing of Commercial Casino Legalization in the United States” Public Choice Vol. 142 no. 1 2010: 69-90.

Escaleras, Monica P. and Calcagno, Peter T. “Does the Gubernatorial Term Limit Type affect State Government Expenditures?” Public Finance Review Vol. 37 No. 5 2009: 572-595.