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Professor Robert Valdez was quoted in WalletHub's recent piece about the healthiest and unhealthiest cities in the U.S.

Associate Professor Matias Fontenla was quoted in Daily Lobo article on potential UNM faculty unionization.

Econ PhD student Jose Bucheli (currently at UCSD), associate professor Matias Fontenla and their co-author had their paper, "Return Migration and Violence" published in World Development.

Associate Professor Melissa Binder was an expert panelist before the NM House Commerce and Economic Development Committee on February 9, 2019, discussing research supporting the use of Land Grant Permanent Funds to support an increased investment in early childhood education in NM:

UNM students travel to Nepal to combat health and environmental concerns: Interdisciplinary opportunity offered through Himalayan Study Abroad Program:

PhD student Veeshan Rayamajhee has received a grant award from Charles Koch Foundation to pursue his research in Natural Disaster and Coping Strategies based on his primary survey work in Bahunipati, VDC, Nepal.  Professor Alok Bohara is his advisor.

PhD student Soumyajit Chakraborty has been awarded the Jasso Student Award: Second Best Paper for a version of his field paper titled "Discrimination in Gender and Socioreligious Earnings: Recent Evidence from India." The award will be given on February 9th at the 2019 Biennial Population and Public Policy Conference presented by International Association of Applied Demographers (IAAD) and hosted by UNM Geospatial and Population Studies (UNM-GPS). Professor Alok Bohara is his advisor.

Recent PhD graduate Brandon Bridge (University of Montana), and Associate Professor Matia Fontenla, had the following co-authored paper, "Household-level effects of electricity on off-farm income,” accepted in Economics Bulletin.

January 2019

John Fleck,  Professor of Practice in Water Policy and Governance, in the UNM Department of Economics, has a new book scheduled for release: Fall 2019, University of Arizona Press – Science Be Dammed: How Ignoring Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River, by Eric Kuhn and John Fleck

Assistant professor Sarah Stith and her coauthors (Jacob Vigil, Franco Brockelman, Keenan Keeling, and Branden Hall) just had the paper "The Association between Cannabis Product Characteristics and Symptom Relief" accepted by the Journal Scientific Reports. KOB Interview:

Associate Professor Matias Fontenla and his colleague Ben Waddell are guest writers for a Huffington Post piece that discusses their recently published research in World Development:

Marketwatch had a story about the NBER article that Aakrit Joshi (Econ Phd student), Catherine Maclean and associate Professor Brady Horn wrote about substance use disorder treatment centers and property values.

One of our alumni, Derek Brumfield (Econ BA, 2000) passed away unexpectedly this past December 20th, 2018, while visiting friends and family in New Mexico (he lived and worked in CA). The Department extends our sincere condolences to his family and friends.  
Derek was a friend and generous benefactor to the Department of Economics at UNM. Derek remained connected to the Department, and cared about the success of current students. Most recently, his contributions supported the computer technology in the Department's heavily-used econometrics lab.

Econ PhD student Jose Bucheli (currently at UCSD), Associate Professor Matias Fontenla and their co-author had their paper, "Return Migration and Violence," published in World Development.


Along with a set of co-authors, Assistant Professor Ben Jones and Professor Robert Berrens had their paper -- (Carslon, D. et al.) "Benefit-Cost Analysis, Policy Impacts, and Congressional Hearings,"accepted for publication in the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis.


Congratulations to PhD student Veeshan Rayamajhee! He will be awarded the 2018 Don Lavoie Memorial Graduate Student Paper Award at the Southern Economic Association meeting in November. Paper: “Social capital, trust, and collective action in post-earthquake Nepal,” Veeshan Rayamajhee and Alok K. Bohara. The paper was based on the field research survey done by NSC at the site hard hit by the 2015 mega EQ that took place in Nepal. Veeshan spent one month on the field in that village last summer (2017) collecting the data.

PhD Student Rajan Bishwakarma and Assistant Professor Kira Villa had their paper, "First Come, First Served?: Birth Order Effects on Health Status", accepted for publication in: Journal of Demographic Economics

The New Mexico Economics community joins in celebrating the selection of Albuquerque native, and Yale Economics Professor, William Nordhaus as the 2018 recipient of the Nobel in Economics; he shared the prize for his work on the economics of global warming and climate change. His work serves as inspiration for all of us to address important global challenges.

2002 Graduate, Dr. Alejandro Islas-Camargo and another coauthor at ITAM had Chapter 4 in Health Economics published. [Translated in Spanish Language] ¿Existe un apresuramiento en la muerte de personas frágiles de salud como respuesta a un incremento de partículas suspendidas en el aire en tres áreas socioeconómicamente desiguales de la Zona Metropolitana del Valle de México?

Recent graduate, Dr. Soumi Chowdhury, and 2012 graduate Dr. Hari Katuwal, and coauthors had their paper "The Impact of Ritual Bathing in a Holy Hindu River on Water-Borne Diseases," published in The Developing Economics. Wiley Online Library.   

Professor Alok Bohara and PhD Candidate, Veeshan Rayamajhee had their paper "Do voluntary associations reduce hunger? An empirical exploration of the social capital-food security nexus among food impoverished households in western Nepal" published in Food Security: The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food.

Professor Alok Bohara and PhD Candidate, Veeshan Rayamajhee had their paper "Natural disaster damages and their link to coping strategy choices: Field survey findings from post-earthquake Nepal" published in the Journal of International Development

Professor Robert Berrens has accepted an invitation to join the editorial board of the journal, Sustainability, published by MDPI.

Assistant Professor Xiaoxue Li had a sole-authored article entitled “Improving the Labor Market Outcomes of US Veterans: the Long-Run Effect of the Transition Assistance Program” accepted for publication in Defence and Peace Economics.

Graduate Seminars

Upcoming: Spring Semester Graduate Seminar Schedule

February 15, 2019 - Xiaoyang Wang - Are Commodity Futures Getting Noisier? - Impact from High Frequency Quoting

February 22, 2019 - John Fleck - TBA

March 1, 2019 - Roy Boyd - TBA

March 22, 2019 - Phil Ganderton - TBA

March 29, 2019 - Markus Schneider - TBA

April 26 ,2019 - Kerry Smith - TBA 

All Seminars are located in the Economics Dept, Room 1002 from 2:00p - 3:30p. Speakers and dates are subject to change.