Department of Economics


Beth Wheaton

Senior Lecturer

Ph.D., Temple University
Umphrey Lee 313

Although she holds titles ranging from economist to professor to CEO, Dr. Beth Wheaton is most vocal about the fact that you don't need a title, unlimited time or abundant money to change the world. Her greatest commitment in life is working with students, community members, colleagues and friends to put their unique talents and varied interests into action to create cataclysmic social change. Beth holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Temple University, and an M.S. in International Business and Trade from Grambling State University. She is an Economics Senior Lecturer at Southern Methodist University, and the Founder and CEO of Equip the Saints, a non-profit consultancy that works to strengthen nonprofit organizations worldwide and to equip world changers to fulfill their personal missions. Beth is a researcher on the subjects of child labor, the economics of human trafficking, and the economics of capital punishment.  In Fall 2014, Beth and her Whippet Lone Star will be moving onto SMU campus as one of the first members of SMU’s inaugural Faculty-in-Residence program.

Research Interests

Child Labor, Economics of Human Trafficking, Economics of Capital Punishment

Courses Taught

Econ 5301 (Environmental Economics), Econ 5357 (Economics of Human Resources), Econ 4357 (Labor Economics), Econ 4351 (International Economics), Econ 1311 (Principles of Microeconomics), Econ 1312 (Principles of Macroeconomics)

Selected Publications

  • Wheaton, E., Schauer, E., and Galli, T.  Economics of Human Trafficking.  International Migration, 48(4):  2010.
  • Schauer, E. and Wheaton, E.  Sex Trafficking into the United States:  A Literature Review.  Criminal Justice Review, May 2006.
  • Wheaton, E.  The effects of intra-family relationships on child labor outcomes in Kenya.    Dissertation committee:  Michael Leeds, Mohsen Fardmanesh, Paul Rappoport, Sanjoy Chakravorty.  Temple University, February 2007.


  • SMU Faculty-in-Residence, Southern Methodist University, August 2013 - May 2017
  • SMU Student Senate Willis M. Tate “Professor of the Year” Award, Southern Methodist University, 2012.
  • SMU HOPE (Honoring our professors’ excellence) Award, Southern Methodist University, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

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