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Department News


Dr. Ben Jones, Dr. Robert Berrens and co-authors had their paper, "In Search of an Inclusive Approach: Measuring Non-market Values for the Effects of Complex Dam, Hydroelectric and River System Operations." accepted for publication in: Energy Economics

Dr. Ben Jones is co-PI on grant funding received from the National Center for Responsible Gaming; the grant  focuses on mental health and gambling here in New Mexico. The total award is $300,000 and the UNM sub-award is $50,000.

Phd student Xuanhao He and Assistant Professor Xiaoxue Li had their co-authored paper “Public Insurance and Birth Outcomes: Evidence from Medicaid Implementation” receive the 2018 Best Paper Award (the 2018 McGraw Hill Education Distinguished Paper Award) from the Southwestern Society of Economists. They will be recognized at a March 7, 2018 banquet at the SSE meeting in Albuquerque.

Over the last year  Professor of Practice in Water Policy and Governance, John Fleck has received numerous plaudits and reviews for his Island Press book, "Water if for Fighting Over..." The book just received another excellent review: Jacobs, Katharine L. "Managing Water Scarcity, or Scarcely Managing?" Review of Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths about Water in the West, by John Fleck. Issues in Science and Technology 34, no. 1 (Fall 2017).

Former PhD Student Bern Dealy (now with FDA), Associate Professor Brady Horn and Professor Robert Berrens had a Policy Brief published in the London School of Economics' USAPP (American Policy and Politics) blog: "A nearby meth lab can mean a big price hit for homeowners - even after they've been cleaned up." See:

Dr. Alok Bohara with Jose Bucheli and Dr. Matias Fontenla  "Mixed Effects of Remittances on Child Education" that just got accepted for publication in   IZA Journal of Development and Migration


Dr. Andrew Goodkind and his co-authors, Sumil Thakrar, Christopher Tessum, Julian Marshall and Jason Hill just had a paper "Life cycle air quality impacts on human health from potential switchgrass production in the United States" published in Biomass and Bioenergy.

Jose Bucheli (Econ PhD student), Prof. Kira Villa and Prof. Alok  Bohara had their paper "Paths to Development? Rural Roads and Multidimensional Poverty in the Hills and Plains of Nepal" accepted at: Journal of International Development.

Mo O'Donnell (Econ PhD student) and Prof. Robert Berrens had the following paper, "Spatial Analysis of Municipal Water Demand: A Panel Data Approach," accepted for publication at:  Applied Economics Letters.

Prof. Alok Bohara and Kristina Piorkowski (Econ PhD student) who had their paper accepted for publication in Feminist Economics: “Passing the ‘Torches of Freedom’: Smoking Behaviors of Women in Nepal”


Congratulations to Prof. Sarah Stith and co-authors, Jacob Vigil, Ian Adams, and Anthony Reeve, who had their paper, "Associations between Medical Cannabis and Prescription Opioid Use in Chronic Pain Patients: A Preliminary Cohort Study," accepted at PLOS ONE.

PhD students Xuanhao He and Na Lu, and Dr. Robert Berrens had the following article, "The Case of the Missing Negative Externality? Housing Market Effects of Fracking in the Niobrara Shale Play, Colorado," accepted for publication in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy.

Graduate Seminars

All Seminars are located in the Economics Dept, Room 1002 from 2:30p - 4:00p. Speakers and dates are subject to change.

Dr. Lauren Nicholas
Lifetime Job Demands, Work Capacity and Disability at Older Ages
December 1, 2017

Southwestern Society of Economists (SSE) Annual Meeting in Albuquerque, NM