Douglas Walker, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics

Address: Beatty 427
Office Hours: By appointment
Phone: 843.953.8192
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Curriculum Vitae: Download

Doug Walker has been teaching at the College since 2007. He previously taught at Georgia College, LSU, and Auburn. His primary research focus is on the economic and social impacts of legalized gambling, on which he has published more than 50 articles and book chapters. In addition, Walker has published two books, the most recent of which is Casinonomics: The Socioeconomic Impacts of the Casino Industry (2013). Walker teaches microeconomics, the senior research seminar in economics, and a special topics course on the socioeconomics of gambling.


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

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

Research Interests

  • Economic and social impacts of legalized gambling
  • Public economics
  • 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


“Quitting While You’re Ahead: Evidence for Individual Gambling Thresholds from a Survey of Massachusetts Gamblers” (2021) with D. LaPlante and S. Nelson. Journal of Gambling Business and Economics, in press.

“Did Video Gaming Expansion Boost Municipal Revenues in Illinois?” (2021) with G. Wagner. Southern Economic Journal 88(2): 649-679. DOI 10.1002/SOEJ.12537 

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

“How Effective are Expert TV Hosts at Saving Failing Businesses?” (2019) with R.S. Sobel, R.N. Sobel, and P. Calcagno. Contemporary Economic Policy 37(1): 9-24. DOI 10.111/coep.12285.

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