Scott Cunningham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor - Economics

Contact Information

Campus Phone:  (254) 710-4753
Fax:  (254) 710-6142
Mailing Address:  One Bear Place #98003
Waco, TX  76798-8003
Office Location:  Foster 320.15

Office Hours

FALL 2016
Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur 8:30am - 10:00am

Educational Background

  • Ph D - Economics, UNIV GEORGIA ATHENS, 2007
  • Ph D - Economics, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, 2007

Work Experience

  • Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant, The University of Georgia (2002 - 2007)
  • Qualitative Research Analyst, Market Dynamics Research Group, Inc. New Orleans, LA (1999 - 2002)
  • Senior Business Consultant, Customer Integrated Solutions, Atlanta, GA


  • Academic, Pearson Publishers, Boston, MA (December 2012 - June 2015)

Awards and Honors

  • H.B. Earhart Fellowship, H.B. Earhart Foundation (2007)
  • Phelps Stokes Award, University of Georgia (August 2006)
  • H.B. Earhart Fellowship, H.B. Earhart Foundation (2006)
  • Phelps Stokes Award, University of Georgia (August 2005)
  • H.B. Earhart Fellowship, H.B. Earhart Foundation (2005)
  • H.B. Earhart Fellowship, H.B. Earhart Foundation (2004)
  • Terry College Summer Research Award (2003)

Professional Memberships

  • American Economic Association
  • Southern Economic Association


I am married to Paige Cunningham. Together we have three children: Miles, Willow and Ren. We worship together at Dayspring Baptist Church. My wife is a psychotherapist in Waco.


Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Understanding the Effects of Violent Video Games on Violent Crime," Southern Economic Journal, (August 2015) (coauthors: Michael Ward, Benjamin Engelstatter).

"Identifying Demand Responses to Illegal Drug Supply Interdictions," Health Economics, (July 2015) (coauthors: Keith Finlay).

"Are Prescription-only Precursor Control Laws a Prescription to Lower the Social Costs of Methamphetamine?," International Journal of Drug Policy, (June 2015) (coauthors: Keith Finlay, Charles Stoecker).

"Willingness-to-Pay for Pharmaceutical Retail Convenience: Evidence from a Contingent Choice Experiment," PLoS-One, Vol. 10, No. 5, (May 2015), pp. e0126790 (coauthors: Keith Finlay, Charles Stroecker).

Handbook on the Economics of Prostitution, November 2014.

"Examining the Role of Client Reviews and Reputation within Online Prostitution," Handbook of the Economics of Prostitution: Oxford University Press, June 2014.

"The Long-run Effect of Abortion on Sexually Transmitted Infections," American Law and Economics Review, (January 2013), pp. 1-27.

"Parental Substance Abuse and Foster Care: Evidence from Two Methamphetamine Supply Shocks," Economic Inquiry, Vol. 51, No. 1, (2013) (coauthors: Keith Finlay).

Cunningham, Scott and Kendall, Todd D. (2011) "Men in Transit and Prostitution: Using Political Conventions as a Natural Experiment," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy: Vol. 11: Iss. 1 (Topics), Article 30.

"Prostitution 2.0: The Changing Face of Sex Work," Journal of Urban Economics, Vol. 69, No. 3, (2011), pp. 273-287 (coauthors: Todd Kendall).

"Risk Behaviours among Internet-facilitated Sex Workers: Evidence from Two New Datasets," Sexually Transmitted Infections, Vol. 86, No. Supplement 3, (Summer 2010), pp. iii100-iii105 (coauthors: Todd D. Kendall).

"Prostitution, Technology and the Law: New Data and Directions," (coauthors: Todd Kendall).

Presentations and Proceedings

"Did Decriminalization of Prostitution cause Rape and Gonorrhea to Decrease? Evidence from Rhode Island," presented at the Stata/Texas Empirical Micro Conference 2012, Austin, Texas, December 2012.

"Video game violence and violent crime," presented at the American Psychological Association Conference, Orlando, FL, July 2012.

"Did Decriminalization of PRostitution cause Gonorrhea and Rape to Decrease? Evidence from Rhode Island," presented at the UT-Austin Economics Research Seminar Series, Austin, Texas, April 2012.

"Did Decriminalization of Prostitution Cause Gonorrhea and Rape to Decrease? Evidence from Rhode Island," presented at the Texas A&M Economics Research Seminar Series, College Station, March 2012.

"Explaining the role of beauty and marriage in market for prostitution," presented at the Southern Economics Association 2011 annual meeting, Washington DC, November 2011 (coauthors: John Cawley).
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