Gary A. Wagner, Professor of Economics
Gary Wagner is a public economist who explores the motivation and consequences of government policies and institutions, including how such institutions can alter the incentives and behavior of both public- and private-sector decision-makers. The majority of his research has empirically examined the effects of state and local government fiscal institutions, with a particular focus on state budget stabilization or “rainy day” funds. Gary’s research has appeared in several leading journals including the Journal of Law and Economics, National Tax Journal, Public Choice, and Public Finance Review. He has also made more than 30 presentations at various conferences and seminars and has refereed articles at more than a dozen academic journals. In 2008, Gary was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to be a member of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors. Wagner earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Youngstown State University in 1995 and a master’s and doctorate in economics from West Virginia University in 1998 and 1999, respectively. Prior to joining UALR in 2006, Gary held faculty positions in the School of Business at Duquesne University and in the School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.