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Graduation 2015

Graduation 2015

Spring Graduation 2015

Department of Economics

Welcome Letter from the Chair

Graduate Seminar Schedule

Welcome Students!

Soumyajit Chakraborty - Kevin Estes - Katherine Gutierrez - Elmira Kalhor

Niraj Khatiwada - Eva Nurwita - Atiqur Rahman

Suzanne Stradling - Usamah Wasif

Department News

September 19, 2016

Honors College Top Ratings

Since its founding as a program in 1957, the UNM Honors Program has provided motivated scholars a chance to connect across disciplines. In 2013, the program became the Honors College, furthering its mission and capability.

Last week, the Honors College reached a new milestone. It is now rated nationally as a top 25 public university honors college. INSIDE HONORS: Ratings and Reviews of Sixty Public University Honors Programs provides an in-depth review of honors programs in the U.S., assigning an overall mortarboard score on a 5.0 scale. 

Congratulations to Dean Kate Krause, and everyone at the Honors College. This top rating is a great reflection of your work, and the academic quality found here at UNM.

  - President Frank's weekly perspective

August 4, 2016

Please welcome John Fleck, Professor of Practice in Water Policy and Governance to the Department of Economics!

June 22, 2016
The use of medical marijuana for millions of patients suffering from a wide range of health conditions and the subsequent therapeutic benefits has long been documented.

How the Federal Government limits valid scientific ...

Graduate Seminars

All Seminars are located in the Economics Dept, Room 1002.

Dr. Xiaoxue Li
October 7, 2016

The Effects of Health Insurance Benefit Mandates on Health Insurance Coverage: Evidence from Veterans

Dr. Xiaoxue Li is an assistant professor at the Department of Economics. Dr. Li is an applied microeconomist with research interests in Public Economics and Health Economics. Her current research focuses on the health effects of government regulations on private insurance market. Prior to joining UNM in 2015, she received a Ph.D. in Economics from Syracuse University.

Dr. Kira Villa
October 21, 2016

Early Fertility and Labor Market Segmentation: Evidence from Madagascar

Dr. Kira Villais an assistant professor at the Department of Economics. She is an applied microeconomist and her research primarily focuses on health, education and human capital formation in the context of poverty and economic development. She is particularly interested in how the events and outcomes experienced during childhood and adolescence translate into adult economic well-being in developing countries. In this work, she hopes to better understand the circumstances that allow individuals to develop the skills and characteristics necessary to flourish in resource poor settings. Prior to joining UNM in 2014, she received her Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Cornell University.

Dr. Greg Rowangould
October 28, 2016

Are Metropolitan Planning Organizations Effective?

Dr. Gregory Rowangould is an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico. His research aims to understand how we can create more sustainable communities through improving the regional transportation planning process and by understanding the role of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in transportation mode choice decisions. Before joining UNM he was a Science Fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in Los Angeles where his research was focused on reducing exposure to mobile source air pollution and improving multimodal transportation options for disadvantaged communities. He earned his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a minor concentration in Environmental Economics from UC Davis. He also has a MS in Resource Economics and Policy and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maine.

Dr. Rebecca Kilburn
November 11, 2016

“The Effect of a Universal Home Visiting Program on First Year Outcomes”
Co-author:  Jill S. Cannon, RAND Corporation

M. Rebecca Kilburn (Ph.D., Economics, University of Chicago) is a Senior Economist at the RAND Corporation and a Professor of Policy Analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.  Dr. Kilburn has served as the Principal Investigator for over twenty research projects aimed at improving the well-being of children and families.  Her studies have examined both program implementation and effectiveness, most have employed mixed methods, and they have all worked closely with community collaborators in order to ensure that the findings are directly useful to stakeholders.  Dr. Kilburn is also nationally recognized as an expert in evidence-based programs and cost-benefit analysis for early childhood programs.

Dr. Jennifer Thacher
December 2, 2016