Ph.D., Economics, Rice University
M.A., Economics, Rice University
B.A., Economics and Math, Rhodes College
In 2017, Mary Beth Walker was appointed the Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation at Georgia State University. In this role, she leads the university’s implementation of the strategic plan, and helps to continue the strong momentum of the institution’s accomplishments in student success, in raising the research profile, and in innovation.
Dr. Walker’s mission includes leadership over the Next Generation Program, a collaborative faculty hiring initiative that followed the highly successful Second Century Initiative (2CI). The Next Generation Program continues to bring the best and brightest minds to tackle the pressing problems of the 21st century through interdisciplinary research and scholarship.
Dr. Walker is a professor of economics; she served as dean of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies from 2010 to 2017. She led the faculty and staff to increase the volume of externally funded research grants awarded to the school and to develop interdisciplinary academic programs. She also integrated the School of Social Work and the department of Criminal Justice and Criminology into the Andrew Young School.
As an economist, her research interests center on quantitative evaluation of policy, including tax policy and some labor market issues. In recent years, she has focused research efforts towards education economics.
“Impact of First Birth Career Interruption on Earnings: Evidence from Administrative Data,” with Julie Hotchkiss and Melinda Pitts, Applied Economics, forthcoming, 2017.
“Exploring Wage Determination by Education Level: A U.S. MSA Analysis for 2005-2012,” with Don Grimes and Penny Prime, Economic Development Quarterly, 2016, 30, 191-202 (lead article).
“Does Shortening the School Week Impact Student Performance? Evidence from the Four-Day School Week,” with D. Mark Anderson, Education Policy and Finance, 2015, 10 (3), 314-349 (lead article).
“The Minimum Dropout Age and Student Victimization,” with Benjamin Hansen and D. Mark Anderson, Economics of Education Review, 2013, 35, 66-74.
“Earmarking and the Business Cycle: The Case of State Spending on Higher Education,” with Rachana Bhatt and Jonathan Rork, Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2011, 41(4), 352‐359.
“Labor Force Exit Decisions of New Mothers,” with Julie Hotchkiss and Melinda Pitts, Review of Economics of the Household, 2010, December, 1-18.
“Teen Smoking and Birth Outcomes,” with Erdal Tekin and Sally Wallace, Southern Economic Journal, 2009, 75(3), 892-907.
“An Analysis of Private School Closings,” with Lakshimi Pandey and David Sjoquist, Education Finance and Policy, Winter 2009, 4(1), 34-‐59.
“An Analysis of the Time to Adoption of Local Sales Taxes: A Duration Model Approach,” with David Sjoquist, William Smith, and Sally Wallace, Public Budgeting and Finance, Spring 2007, 27(1), 20-40.