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Adam Hoffer

Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Political Economy, Sports Economics, Behavioral Economics

Current courses at UWL

FYS 100 - First Year Seminar: Wealth, Happiness, and Foundations of the Modern Economy


Ph.D. Economics - 2012, West Virginia University
B.A. Economics - 2008, Washington & Jefferson College


Teaching history

ECO 110 - Microeconomics and Public Policy
ECO 320 - Sports Economics
ECO 321 - Modern Political Economy

Research and publishing


Editor and Author, “For Your Own Good: Paternalism, Taxes, and Fiscal Discrimination in the Twenty-First Century,” (with Todd Nesbit). Mercatus Center at George Mason University. January, 2018.

 Chapter Author, “When it Comes to Taxes in Tennessee: Focus on Competitive Advantage,” (with Joshua Hall) in Freedom and Prosperity in Tennessee, J.R. Clark, editor. Chattanooga: Scott L. Probasco Chair of Free Enterprise, 69-86. 2012.



“State Cigarette Taxes and Health Expenditures: Evidence from Dynamic Spatial Lag Panel Models.” (with Brad Humphreys and Jane Ruseki). Papers in Regional Science. In press.

“Preference Policies: Perpetual Costs of Distributive Politics.” (with Russell Sobel). Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice. In press.

“Small-Business Financing after the Financial Crisis - Lessons from the Literature.” (with David Wille and Stephen Miller). Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. In press.

“Teaching Corporate Finance using a Stock Trading Simulation: Student Expectations, Engagement, Performance, and Satisfaction.” (with Serkan Karadas). Journal of Economics and Finance Education, 2017, 16(2): 69-84.

“Income-Expenditure Elasticities of Less Healthy Consumption Goods.” (with Michael Thomas, Rejeana Gvillo, and William Shughart II). Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, 2017, 6(1): 127-148.

“Using Fantasy Football to Teach Economics,” (with Kyle Collins). Perspectives on Economic Education Research. 2016 19(1): 94-114.

“Excise Tax Setting in a Dynamic Space-Time Framework.” (with Donald Lacombe), Public Finance Review, 2016, 45(5): 628 - 646

“Exercising Willpower: Differences in Willpower Depletion among Athletes and Nonathletes.” (with Lisa Giddings), Contemporary Economic Policy, 2016, 34(3): 463-474.

“Are Voters Rational on the Margin?: A Spatial Analysis of Voter Turnout in U.S. Presidential Elections.” Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice. 2014 32(1): 45-57.

"Special Interest Spillover and Tobacco Taxation.” Contemporary Economic Policy. 34(1): 146-157. 2016.

“A Classroom Game to Teach the Principles of Money and Banking.” Cogent Economics and Finance. 3(1) 2015.  

“Rockonomix.” (with Kim Holder, Abdullah Al-Bahrani and Solina Lindahl). Journal of Economic Education, 46(3), 443. 2015.

 “Do Monetary Incentives Matter in Classroom Experiments? Effects on Game and Course Performance.” (with Matthew C. Rousu, Jay R. Corrigan, David Harris, Jill Hayter, Scott Houser, Becky A. Lafrancois, Olugbenga Onafowora, and Gregory Colson).  Journal of Economic Education. 46(3), 341-349. 2015.

 “Did You Say That Voting is Ridiculous?: Using South Park to Teach Public Choice.” (with George Crowley.) Journal of Private Enterprise. 30(3), 103-109. 2015. Winner of Best Pedagogical Note.

 “Trends in NCAA Athletic Spending Arms Race or Rising Tide?” (with Brad Humphreys, Donald Lacombe, and Jane Ruseki). Journal of Sports Economics. 16 (6): 576-596. 2015.

“The Effects of Revenue Changes on NCAA Athletic Departments' Expenditures.” (with Jared Pincin) Journal of Sport & Social Issues. 2015.

“The Effects of Conference Realignment on NCAA Athletic Departments.” (with Jared Pincin). Applied Economics Letters. 1-15. 2015.

“Fixing Fallacies.” Journal of Private Enterprise. 29(2):141-147. 2014.

“Sin Taxes and Sindustry: Revenue, Paternalism and Political Interest.” (with William Shughart II, and Michael Thomas). The Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy. 19(1): 47-64. 2014.

“Does salary discrimination persist for foreign athletes in the NBA?” (with Ryan Freidel). Applied Economics Letters. 21:1, 1-5. 2014.

“The Political Economy of Tobacco Control Expenditures.” (with Adam Pellillo). Applied Economic Letters. 19:18, 1793-1797. 2012