University of Mississippi

Thomas Garrett

Associate Professor of Economics
Areas: State and Local Public Finance, State Lotteries,  Casino Gambling, Public Choice, Applied Microeconomics
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242 Holman Hall

  • Ph.D. Economics, West Virginia University, 1998
  • M.A. Economics, West Virginia University, 1997
  • B.S. Business Administration, Shippensburg University, 1993

“Local Price Variation and the Income Elasticity of Demand for Lottery Tickets” with Natalia Kolesnikova, Forthcoming, Public Finance Review.

“Personal-Bankruptcy Cycles” with Howard J. Wall, Macroeconomic Dynamics, October 2014, 18(7), pp. 1488-1507.

“The Distributional Burden of Instant Lottery Ticket Expenditures: An Analysis by Price Point.”Public Finance Review, November 2012, 40(6), pp. 767-788.

“Government Growth and Private Contributions to Charity” with Russell M. Rhine, Public Choice, April 2010, 143(1-2), pp. 103-20.

“War and Pestilence as Labor Market Shocks: U.S. Manufacturing Wage Growth 1914-1919,” Economic Inquiry, October 2009, 47(4), pp. 711-725.

“Income and Lottery Sales: Transfers Trump Income from Work and Wealth” with Cletus C. Coughlin, Public Finance Review, July 2009, 37(4), pp. 447-69.

“Inter-temporal Differences in the Income Elasticity of Demand for Lottery Tickets” with Cletus C. Coughlin,National Tax Journal, March 2009, 62(1), pp. 77-99.

“Red Ink in the Rearview Mirror: Local Fiscal Conditions and the Issuance of Traffic Tickets” with Gary A. Wagner, Journal of Law and Economics, February 2009, 52(1), pp. 71-90.


“Is There a Public Sector Union Premium on State Debt?” with Gary Wagner

“Does EU Membership Increase the Debt of Member Countries?” With Josh Hendrickson.

“Casino Gambling under Per Unit and Advalorem Taxation.”

“Short-run vs. Long-run Income Elasticities of Demand for State Lotteries.”

“Air Conditioning and the Growth in State Government Expenditures.” With Natalia Kolesnikova.