Dr. Walker has published two books and more than 50 journal articles and book chapters on the economic and social impacts of gambling. Selected articles are listed here. Copies of papers are available upon request.

Forthcoming and Working Papers

“The effect of casino proximity on lottery sales: Zip code-level evidence from Maryland”, with Will Cummings. Working paper

“A review of regulatory theory and the U.S. casino industry, with Peter Calcagno. Under review


“Setting win limits: An alternative approach to ‘responsible gambling’?”, with Stephen Litvin, Russell Sobel, and Renée St-Pierre. Journal of Gambling Studies

“Stopping when you’re ahead: Win limits and responsible gambling”, with Stephen Litvin, Russell Sobel, and Renée St-Pierre. Responsible Gambling Review


“How availability and accessibility of gambling benues affect problem gambling: A review of the literature”, with Renée St-Pierre, Jeffrey Derevensky, and Rina Gupta. Gaming Law Review & Economics

“Casino revenue sensitivity to competing casinos: A spatial analysis of Missouri”, with Todd Nesbit. Growth and Change


“Overview of the economic and social impacts of gambling in the United States”. Chapter in the Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Gambling, edited by Leighton Vaughan Williams and Donald Siegel. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199797912.

“Casinos and economic growth: An update”, with John Jackson. Journal of Gambling Business and Economics

[book]  Casinonomics: The socioeconomic impacts of the casino industry. Springer (2013). ISBN 978-1461471226.

“Casinos and political corruption in the United States”, with Peter Calcagno. Applied Economics

“The relationship of ADHD symptoms to gambling behavior in the USA: Results from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health”, with Chris Clark and Lia Nower. International Gambling Studies

1998 – 2012

“The roots of modern ‘social cost of gambling’ estimates”, with Shannon Kelly. Economic Affairs (2011)

“The effects of legalized gambling on state government revenue”, with John Jackson. Contemporary Economic Policy (2011)

“Casino revenues and retail property values: The Detroit case”, with Jon Wiley. Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics (2011)

“The impact of casinos on fatal alcohol-related traffic accidents in the United States”, with Chad Cotti. Journal of Health Economics (2010)

“Casinos and crime in the U.S.” Chapter in the Handbook on the Economics of Crime, edited by Bruce Benson and Paul Zimmerman. Edward Elgar. ISBN 978-1847209542. (2010)

“Are gamblers more likely to commit crimes? Evidence from a nationally representative survey of U.S. young adults”, with Chris Clark. International Gambling Studies (2009)

“Do U.S. gambling industries cannibalize each other?” with John Jackson. Public Finance Review (2008)

[book]  The Economics of Casino Gambling. Springer. ISBN 978-3540351023. (2007)

“Methodological issues in the social cost of gambling studies”. Journal of Gambling Studies (2003)

“The social costs of gambling: An economic perspective”, with Andy Barnett. Journal of Gambling Studies (1999)

“New goods and economic growth: Evidence from legalized gambling”, with John Jackson. Review of Regional Studies (1998)