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     Jay K Walker, Ph.D.
 
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Research

Publications

"A Smart Break? Internships, Academic Leave, and College Achievement," with Wesley Routon. Education Finance and Policy, forthcoming.

"The Impact of Greek Membership Status 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, and interview here.

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

"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}

Working Papers

"Student-Athletes? The Impact of Intercollegiate Sport Participation on Academic Outcomes," with Wesley Routon. {abstract} Under revision.

"Greek Organization Membership and Collegiate Outcomes," with Andrew Hussey and Nathan D. Martin. Under revision.

"Incentivizing Obesity? National Trade Policy and Health," with Kristine Principe.

"Silence is Golden: Railroad Noise Pollution and Residential Home Values." {abstract}

"For Love or Money: Altruistic Value Formation in College," with Wesley Routon and Anna McNab. {abstract}.

"Using a regional NAPM survey to forecast local economic activity."

Professional Reports

"NAPM Buffalo Report on Business and Economist Report." Monthly basis Fall 2012 to present.

"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

"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.

Works in Progress

"Are you there God? It's Me, a College Student: Higher Education and Religious Convictions," with Wesley Routon.

"The Opinions of Economics Majors Before and After Learning Economics," with Wesley Routon.

"Making the Grade: A Comparison of Higher Education Assessment Measures by College and Discipline," with Corey Bunje Bower.

"Attitude Changes and Self-Perceived Skill Gains from Collegiate Greek Organization Membership," with Wesley Routon.

"Beyond the Ivory Tower: Post-Collegiate Returns to Greek Membership," with Wesley Routon.