Peter Calcagno, Ph.D.

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

Address: Beatty Center, Room 433
Office Hours: By appointment
Phone: 843.953.4279
Curriculum Vitae: Download

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

  • School of Business Howard Rudd Distinguished Faculty Award 2015-2016
  • College of Charleston Excel Award for Outstand School of Business Faculty 2015-2016
  • Distinguished Service Award, School of Business, College of Charleston, 2013-14
  • Summer Research Grant, Initiative for Public Choice & Market Process, College of Charleston, 2012


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

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

Blackwell, Calvin and Peter T. Calcagno, “Party-crashers or Wallflowers? The Lack of Strategic Voting in Experimental Primaries” Applied Economics Letters Vol. 26 no. 19 2019: 1641-1648.

Ahnen, David and Peter T. Calcagno, “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, Douglas M. Walker, and Peter T. Calcagno, “How Effective Are Expert TV Hosts at Saving Failing Businesses?” Contemporary Economic Policy  Vol. 37 no. 1 2019: 9-24.

Calcagno, Peter T., and Hefner, Frank, “Targeted Economic Incentives: An Analysis of State Fiscal Policy and Regulatory Conditions” Review of Regional Studies Vol. 48 no. 1 2018: 71-91.

Escaleras, Monica and Calcagno, Peter T., “Does Fiscal Decentralization Affect Infrastructure Quality?: An Examination of U.S. States” Contemporary Economic Policy Vol. 36 no. 2 2018: 410-422.

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