Clyde W. Barrow

Academic Affiliate, Nathan Associates Inc.; Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley


Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

M.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., Political Science, Texas A & M University

Dr. Barrow specializes in public policy research and analysis. His areas of expertise include feasibility analysis, economic impact analysis, regional economic development, survey development and implementation, and policy analysis. He has provided consulting services to private companies, business and trade associations, governments, non‐profit organizations, and educational institutions. His work has involved a wide variety of industries, including casino gaming, retail trade, science and technology, textiles and apparel, national defense, education, health care, and arts and crafts.

For nearly two decades, Dr. Barrow has been studying the economic, fiscal, and social impacts of casino gaming, including commercial casinos, racinos, and Indian gaming. He has studied existing and proposed gaming around the United States, including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. He is project manager for the New England Gaming Research Project, which annually conducts research and analysis of New England and Northeastern casino gaming.

Dr. Barrow’s research has been published in various scholarly journals, including Gaming Law Review and Economics, Gaming Research & Review JournalJournal of Travel Research, and Massachusetts Benchmarks. He has also published many books, book chapters, applied policy monographs, book reviews, and articles in trade publications, magazines, and newspaper s. He has delivered numerous conference papers and invited talks, and delivered expert testimony to the Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island state legislatures, as well as other state and federal agencies. Dr. Barrow has been widely cited in the press, including more than 2,100 newspaper articles.

Dr. Barrow was affiliated with the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, for 27 years and directed the University's Center for Policy Analysis before joining the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley in August 2014 as Chair of the Political Science Department.

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Expert witness, gaming industry, Indian gaming, public policy, economic impact analysis, survey design and research

Industry Experience

Gaming, Indian gaming, retail trade, science and technology, textiles and apparel, national defense, education, health care, arts and crafts

Selected Publications & Presentations


"Northeastern Casino Gaming Update. 2015"

Casinos, Smoking Bans, and Revenues:  A Survey of Casino Gamblers in Illinois (with David R. Borges).  Gaming Law Review and Economics 18, no. 6 (Summer 2014): 540-56.

Gravity Models and Casino Gaming:  A Review, Critique, and Modification (with David R. Borges).  Gaming Research and Review Journal, Vol. 18, No. 1 (Spring 2014): 49-82.

MegaCasinos Everywhere?: The Next Wave of U.S. Gaming Expansion. Casino Enterprise Management (February 2012): 35.


The New England Casino Gaming Updates: Patron Origin Analysis and a Critique of its Critics (with David R. Borges). Gaming Law Review and Economics 14, no. 3 (2010): 175-86.


The Persistence of Pseudo-Facts in the U.S. Casino Debate:  The Case of Massachusetts (with Matthew Hirschy).  Gaming Law Review and Economics 12, no. 4 (2008): 318-36.


Casino Economics in the U.S. and New England. Massachusetts Benchmarks: The Quarterly Journal of the Massachusetts Economy 10, no. 1 (2008): 11-20.


Economic Impacts of the Textile and Apparel Industries in Massachusetts. Report for the Donahue Institute of Governmental Affairs, 2000.


The Marine Science and Technology Industry in New England (with Rebecca Loveland and David Terkla).  Report for the Donahue Institute of Governmental Affairs, 2005.


Regional Commercial Airports: Governance and Marketing (with David R. Borges and Robert L. Calhoun).  Management Information Series Report 29, no. 1 (1998).



Gravity Models and Casino Gaming: A Review, Critique, and Modification, 15th International Conference on Gambling and Risk-Taking, May 2013.


Are the New England States in a Gambling Arms Race?, National Conference of State Legislatures, February 2013.


Emerging Jurisdictions Case Study: Massachusetts and Ohio, Global Gaming Exposition, October 2012.


Public Policy Decisions, New England Gaming Summit, November 2011.


The Competitive Landscape: Casinos in New England and the Northeast, New England Gaming Summit, September 2010.


Regional Overview of the Gaming Market:  The Supply/Demand Game in the Northeast, New York Gaming Summit, June 2010.


The Economic & Fiscal Impacts of Native American Casinos, Special Forum on Indian Gaming, Bridgewater State University, November 2007.


American Political Science Association, Policy Studies Organization

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