Doug Walker

Academic Affiliate, Nathan Associates Inc.; Professor, College of Charleston


Ph.D., Economics, Auburn University
B.S., Business Administration (Accounting), Kansas State University

Dr. Walker is a leading expert on gambling economics. In addition to teaching and conducting research, he has served as a consultant on gaming-related issues for a variety of governments and industry organizations, including the American Gaming Association, the Canadian Gaming Association, the Alberta Gaming Research Institute, the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, the National Center for Responsible Gaming, the Casino Association of Indiana, the Nevada Resort Association, the States of Massachusetts and Missouri, the Dutch State Lottery, and the French Embassy Department of Economic Affairs.

Dr. Walker has been a key contributor to research on the social impacts and costs of gambling, particularly methodological issues related to the identification and measurement of social costs. He has also conducted extensive research on the economic impacts of casinos, including the impacts on economic growth, state government revenues, retail property values, and economic recovery from natural disasters.

Dr. Walker has written extensively on the economics of casino gambling. His book, The Economics of Casino Gambling, was published in 2007, and he has written chapters on the economics of gambling for the Handbook on the Economics of Crime; 21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook; Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development; Economic Aspects of Gambling Regulation: EU and US Perspectives; and Perspectives on Gambling: Lotteries, Wagers, and Casinos.  Dr. Walker has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, such as the American Journal of Economics and Sociology, Contemporary Economic Policy, International Gambling Studies, Journal of Gambling Studies, Journal of Gambling Business and Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Public Choice, Public Finance Review, and Review of Regional Studies.

Dr. Walker has presented his gaming research at many academic and industry conferences, including the International Conference on Gambling and Risk-Taking and the Canadian Gaming Summit, as well as conferences hosted by the European Association for the Study of Gambling, the Alberta Gaming Research Institute, the National Center for Responsible Gaming, and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.

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Gaming industry, public policy, economic impact analysis

Industry Experience


Selected Publications & Presentations

Casinos and Crime in the US. In Handbook on the Economics of Crime. B. Benson and P. Zimmerman, eds.Edward Elgar, 2010 (forthcoming).

The Economics of Gambling. In 21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook. R. Free, J. Ankrom, R.Bartlett, K. Case, and W. Stock, eds. Sage, 2010.

Are Gamblers More Likely to Commit Crimes? Evidence from a Nationally Representative Survey of US Young Adults. 2009. International Gambling Studies 9(2): 119-134 (with C. Clark).

Katrina and the Gulf States Casino Industry. 2009. Journal of Business Valuation and Economic Loss Analysis 4(2): article 9 (with J. Jackson).

Evaluating Crime Attributable to Casinos in the U.S.: A Closer Look at Grinols and Mustard’s ‘Casinos,Crime, and Community Costs.’ 2008. Journal of Gambling Business and Economics 2(3): 23-52.

Are You ‘Hot or Not’? 2008. Atlantic Economic Journal 36(3): 367-368.with M. Baxter.

The Economics of Casino Gambling. New York: Springer, 2007

Ongoing Challenges in Research on the Social Costs of Gambling. In Economic Aspects of Gambling Regulation: EU and US Perspectives. T. Coryn et al., eds. Brill, 2007.


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