Scott Cunningham

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 Business and Innovation¬†320.15

Office Hours

T, R 9:00 AM-10:00 AM & 2:00 PM-3:15 PM

Educational Background

  • PHD - Economics, Univ Georgia Athens
  • PHD - Economics, University Of Georgia
  • BA - English, Univ Tennessee Knoxville

Work Experience

  • Research Fellow, Texas Hunger Initiative (2017 - Present)
  • Associate Professor of Economics, Baylor University (2013 - Present)
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Baylor University (2007 - 2013)
  • 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

"Prostitution, Hours, Job Amenities and Education," Review of Economics of the Household, Vol. 15, No. 4, (January 2017), pp. 1055-1080 (coauthors: Todd Kendall).

"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-Accept Pharmaceutical Retail Inconvenience: Evidence from a Contingent Choice Experiment," PL o S ONE, Vol. 10, No. 5, (May 2015), pp. e0126790 (coauthors: Keith Finlay, Charles Stroecker).

Handbook on the Economics of Prostitution, November 2014.

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

"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, Technology and the Law: New Data and Directions," , 2011 (coauthors: Todd Kendall).

"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).

Presentations and Proceedings

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"The Long-Term Effects of the Rwandan Genocide on Child Labor," presented at the Southern Economic Association Annual Meeting 2018, Washington DC, November 2018 (coauthors: Yoo-Mi Chin, Van Pham).
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