Jay K Walker, Ph.D.
 Background and Interests
 Curriculum Vitae
  Buffalo Area ISM report



"Beyond the Ivory Tower: Labor Market Returns to Greek Membership," with Wesley Routon. LABOUR, forthcoming.

The gender of opponents: Explaining gender differences in performance and risk-taking?," with Michael Jetter. European Economic Review, forthcoming. IZA Discussion Paper version available here for download

"Good girl, bad boy: Corrupt behavior in professional tennis," with Michael Jetter. Southern Economic Journal, Vol. 84 No. 1 (2017) p. 155-180. IZA Discussion Paper version available here for download. 

Anchoring in wagering decisions: Evidence from Jeopardy!," with Michael Jetter. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Vol. 141 (2017) p. 164-176. IZA Discussion Paper version available here for download. NPR Morning Edition Interview about the study here and mp3 here.

"Helping Others, Helping Myself: Collegiate Experiences and Graduates' Altruistic and Wealth Aspirations," with Wesley Routon. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Vol. 46 No. 3 (2017) p. 627-651.

"Religiosity and the Impact of Religious Secondary Schooling," with Allyssa Wadsworth. Journal of School Choice: International Research and Reform, Vol. 11 No. 1 (2017) p. 131-147.

"Attitude Changes and Self-Perceived Skill Gains from Collegiate Greek Organization Membership," with Wesley Routon. Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 97 No. 3 (2016) p. 807-822.

"Silence is Golden: Railroad Noise Pollution and Property Values." Review of Regional Studies, Vol. 46 No. 1 (2016) p. 75-89. Open access article, click article title for full version.

"The Opinions of Economics Majors Before and After Learning Economics," with Michael Hammock and Wesley Routon. Journal of Economic Education, Vol. 47 No. 1 (2016) p. 76-83.

"Game, set, and match: Do women and men perform differently in competitive situations?," with Michael Jetter. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Vol. 119 (2015) p. 96-108. IZA discussion paper version available here for download.

"Are You There God? It’s Me, a College Student: Religious Beliefs and Higher Education," with Wesley Routon. Berkeley Electronic Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, Vol. 15 No. 4 (2015) p. 2111-2137.

"Student-Athletes? The Impact of Intercollegiate Sports Participation on Academic Outcomes," with Wesley Routon.  Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 41 No. 4 (2015) p. 592-611.

"Greek Organization Membership and Collegiate Outcomes at an Elite Private University," with Andrew Hussey and Nathan D. Martin. Research in Higher Education, Vol. 56 No. 3 (2015) p. 203-227.

"A Smart Break? College Tenure Interruption and Graduating Student Outcomes," with Wesley Routon. Education Finance and Policy, Vol. 10 No. 2 (2015) p. 244-276. Non-technical summary (invited blog post) available here.

"The impact of Greek organization membership on collegiate outcomes: Evidence from a National Survey," with Wesley Routon. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Vol. 49 (2014) p. 63-70. Press coverage here, here, here, here, interview here and here.

"AIDing Contraception: HIV and Recent Trends in Abortion," with Andrew Hussey and Alex Nikolsko-Rzhevskyy. Applied Economics, Vol. 46 No. 15 (2014) p. 1788-1803.

"An Empirical Analysis of Fiscal and Monetary Policy Following the Financial Crisis in the United States," with Daniel Miller and Tenpao Lee. Journal of International Finance and Economics, Vol. 14 No. 4 (2014) p. 135-142.

Working Papers

"What Happens the Morning After? Post-Baccalaureate Health, Marital, and Educational Impacts of Greek Organization Membership," with Wesley Routon. Working paper version available on SSRN here. Under review.

"Risk-taking across gender and age: Evidence from Jeopardy! contestants," with Michael Jetter. IZA Discussion paper version is available here.  

"At what age does the anchoring heuristic develop? Evidence from the US game show Jeopardy!," with
Michael Jetter.

"Referent Points and Taxpayers’ Compliance: Insights into Taxpayers’ Risk Preferences for Honest Reporting," with Ian Burt and Linda Thorne.

Works in Progress

"College Internships and Student Outcomes: A Multiple-Treatment Matching Approach," with
Wesley Routon.

"Media Coverage and Mass Shootings in the United States," with
Michael Jetter.

"When is it "big-time" college athletics? NCAA Division II/III sports success and its spillovers."

Professional Reports and Editor Reviewed Publications

"ISM Buffalo Report on Business and Economist Report." Monthly basis Fall 2012 to April 2017.

Going Greek: Academics, Personal Change, and Life after College,” with Wesley Routon. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, Vol. 48, No. 1 (2016) p. 60-66.

"A Tax Burden Comparison of the Memphis MSA." with Jeffrey Wallace and Katie Graffam. October 2012. {full text pdf}

"A Study of the Economic Impacts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Tennessee." with John Gnuschke, David Mirvis, Jeffrey Wallace, and Sofia Pacurar. March 2012. Press coverage here.

"Impacts of Health Reform in Tennessee: An Examination in Health Insurance Coverage, Use of Health Care Resources, and the Economic Contribution of Health Care." with Dr. Cyril Chang, John Gnuschke, Jeffrey Wallace, and David Mirvis. January 2012. {full text pdf}

"The Economic Impact of the 2011 Memphis in May International Festival: A Review of Economic Benefits." with Jeffrey Wallace. November 2011. Press coverage here and Memphis in May official press release here.

"The Development of Quiet Zones in Memphis, Tennessee" Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute and Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research, May 2011. {full text pdf} Press video coverage here and print coverage here

"World Economic Outlook for 2011," with Ioana Sofia Pacurar. Business Perspectives, Vol. 20, No. 4 p. 22-31. {full text pdf} Press coverage here.

"Will the "Great Hangover" Last More Than the Day After Graduation for This Year's College Graduates?," with Ioana Sofia Pacurar. Business Perspectives, Vol. 20, No. 3 (Fall 2010/Winter 2011) p. 16-21. {full text pdf}

"Impacts of Health Reform in Shelby County, Tennessee: An Examination of Changes in Health Insurance Coverage, Use of Health Care Resources, and the Economic Contribution of Health Care," with Cyril Chang, Rebecca Pope, John Gnuschke, Jeffrey Wallace, David Mirvis, and Ioana Sofia Pacurar. December 2010 Policy Impact Study. {full text pdf} Press coverage here.