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 many academic journals including the Journal of Law and Economics, National Tax Journal, Public Choice, and Public Finance Review. He has given more than 30 presentations at professional conferences and he has also been interviewed by numerous national and local media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Boston Globe, USA Today, MSNBC, CBS News, and Fox Business. 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, 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.