Scott Cunningham

Co-director of the Health Services Research PhD program - Economics
Professor - Economics

Contact Information

Fax:  (254) 710-6142
Mailing Address:  One Bear Place #98003
Waco, TX  76706
Office Location:  Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation¬†320.15

Office Hours

T & R 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Educational Background

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

Work Experience

  • Visiting Professor, University of Texas Austin (January 15, 2022 - June 1, 2022)
  • President, Mixtape Consulting (October 1, 2021 - Present)
  • 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

  • Ben H. Williams Professorship (2022)
  • Robert and Robin Nitsche Outstanding Research Award, Baylor University (2021)
  • 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 grew up in Mississippi but moved to Memphis the summer before my 8th grade. I graduated from high school in 1994 and attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville that fall, majoring in English and graduating in 1999. I moved to New Orleans with my wife where I got a job as a qualitative research analyst, and we had a son named Miles. I then attended the University of Georgia's economics PhD program from 2002 to 2007 and have been at Baylor ever since.

I am a practicing Christian in the broad Protestant tradition. I was formerly a reformed calvinist presbyterian in college and grad school, and even a few years upon coming to Baylor. I was an elder for instance at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA). But I had, over time, found it harder to maintain the commitments to the Westminster Confession of Faith in its entirety, which is required to be elder, so asked to step down. There had not been any issues with my leadership or membership; I just found myself not really able to say with certainty so much of the dogma required by my tradition. So I began attending Dayspring Baptist with my family (by then we had two more children, Willow and Ren). We attended there until Covid.

I am currently visiting Carter's Temple on Dallas street, a small church of around 15 people, as it is close to where I currently live. I am hoping that I can find a new church home where I can be useful to the kingdom and continue in my journey as a follower and disciple of Christ who I love.


Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"The Long-Term Effects of the Rwandan Genocide on Child Work," Economic Development and Cultural Change, (October 2023) (coauthors: Yoo-Mi Chin, Van Pham).

"Revisiting the effect of warrantless domestic violence arrest laws on intimate partner homicides," Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 179, (August 2019), pp. 104072 (coauthors: Yoo-Mi Chin).

"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," PLOS 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

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