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Zack Hawley - Texas Christian University. Fort Worth, TX, US

Zack Hawley Zack Hawley

Associate Professor | Texas Christian University


Zack Hawley studies urban economics, including discrimination in housing markets and what motivates organ donors.



Zackary Hawley is Assistant Professor of Economics at Texas Christian University. He holds a B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University. His research interests are urban and regional economics, state and local public finance, and experimental economics. He has served as a research associate for the Fiscal Research Center and the State Fiscal Economist for the State of Georgia. His work is published in the Journal of Urban Economics, the Journal of Health Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Energy Economics, the Journal of Housing Economics, the Journal of Labor Research, and the Review of Regional Studies.

Areas of Expertise (9)

Organ Donation

Why African-Americans Face Discrimination when Seeking Information about Home Loans from Mortgage Loan Originators at Early Stages of the Application Process

Public Finance


Investigation of How Financial Incentives Influence a Person's Decision on Whether or Not to Become an Organ Donor

Urban Economics


Experimental Economics

Housing Markets

Accomplishments (5)

AddRan College of Liberal Arts Professor of the Year (TCU student selected)


Nerd Scholar's 40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire


Junior Faculty Summer Research Fellowship (TCU)


Finalist, Honors Professor of the Year (TCU student selected)


Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Junior Scholar


Education (3)

Georgia State University: Ph.D., Economics 2012

Georgia State University: M.A., Economics 2008

Georgia State University: B.S., Economics 2006

Affiliations (6)

  • American Economic Association
  • American Real Estate and Urban Economic Association
  • National Tax Association
  • Southern Economic Association
  • Urban Economic Association
  • Western Economic Association International

Articles (5)

Effects of Split-Rate Taxation on Tax Base

Public Finance Review

2022 Municipalities debating land value taxation or split-rate taxation need empirical evidence to understand how the transition of property tax regimes will affect their tax base. Using a valuable dataset on split-rate taxation from municipalities in Pennsylvania, this article empirically estimates the impacts of split-rate taxation on real estate market values and land values.

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Rethinking racial diversity benchmarks in higher education.

Journal of Diversity in Higher Education

2022 Many institutions of higher learning aim to promote greater racial diversity to harness learning benefits and foster a sense of inclusion. Nevertheless, the institutional pursuit of racial diversity is difficult to benchmark. The current constitutional boundary limits the use of race to promote the diversity in college admissions to a “narrow,” “holistic,” and “case-by-case” strategy laden with definitional ambiguity.

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The Paradox of HBCU Graduation Rates

Research in Higher Education volume

2021 This paper examines the propensity of African American students to graduate from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Using IPEDS data from 2004 to 2016, we take care in developing a control group of institutions from which to compare HBCU success. Results suggest that despite accepting more students who are at risk of not graduating, HBCUs have a higher graduation rate for African American students than their peers. We then show that gender nor major choice help explain this persistent difference.

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The value of community: Evidence from the CARES program

Journal of Housing Economics

Andrew R. Hanson, Zackary Hawley, Geoffrey Turnbull

2018 Renters of multi-unit housing structures report weaker ties to their community than other renters and owner occupants. In response to the lack of a sense of community in multi-unit rental structures, owners and managers of these properties have implemented planned programs to establish stronger community ties for residents. We examine the effect of one such program, the CARES (Community Activities and REsident Services) program, on the rental price of apartments using both a standard hedonic approach as well as matching techniques designed to limit unobservable differences between treated and comparison units. Our results using propensity score matching to identify comparison units, suggest that monthly rents are between 5.7 and 9.3 percent higher for apartment units that offer the CARES program. We also find the effect of the CARES program to be stronger in larger apartment complexes, suggesting that renters are willing to pay a premium for a sense of community rather than just the increased services from the program.

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Can we increase organ donation by reducing the disincentives? An experimental analysis

Economics & Human Biology

Zackary Hawley, Danyang Li, Kurt Schnier, Nicole Turgeon

2018 Our research utilizes the experimental economics laboratory to investigate the impact that reducing disincentives has on organ donation. The experiment consists of four treatments across different levels of donation related costs, which reflect the disincentives associated with being an organ donor. Our experimental results indicate that sizable increases in the organ donation rate are achievable if we reduce the level of disincentives present. The largest observed donation rates arise when a financial return is offered for being an organ donor, which is prohibited under the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA), but nearly 80% of the gains observed under the positive financial incentives can be achieved if all of the disincentives are eliminated.

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