Scott Cunningham

Professor - Economics

Contact Information

Campus Phone:  (254) 710-4753
Fax:  (254) 710-6142
Mailing Address:  Foster Campus for Business
Waco, TX  76706
Office Location:  Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation¬†320.15

Office Hours

T & R12:30 PM - 3:00 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

  • 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 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

"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

"," presented at the 20 workshops, 2021.

"The long-term effects of the Rwandan genocide on child work," presented at the , Gainesville, FL, April 2019 (coauthors: Yoo-Mi Chin, Van Pham).
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