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Economics Faculty

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Graduation 2015

Graduation 2015

Spring Graduation 2015

Department of Economics

Welcome Letter from the Chair

Graduate Seminar Schedule

Department News

Please help us welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Benjamin Jones! 

He has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the University of New Mexico and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to coming to UNM, he completed a postdoc at the University of Oklahoma. Benjamin specializes in environmental economics and in particular he studies the connections between the natural environment, human health, and well-being. He is interested in measuring the “value” of human-nature interactions across multiple dimensions.

January 10, 2017

Janie Chermak had an interview with Dave Marash on "Here and There".  You can listen to it at this link:

January 10, 2017

Congrats to Benjamin Jones! He had a single-author paper accepted for publication at Ecological Economics entitled: “Invasive Species Impacts on Human Well-Being Using the Life Satisfaction Index”.

January 4, 2017

Congrats to Benjamin Jones! He had a single-authored article accepted for publication in the International Journal of Public Health (impact factor 2.754) entitled: “The Social Health Costs of Uranium Mining in the US Colorado Plateau Cohort, 1960-2005”.

January 2, 2017

Congrats to Dave Dixon! Along with his co-authors (P. Mozumder and W. Vasquez - a couple of UNM PhD graduates), Dave had an article " Heterogeneity within and across households in hurricane evacuation response" accepted for publication in Networks and Spatial Economics

January 3, 2017

Congrats to Sarah Stith! She had an article accepted, which as just come out as the featured article at Journal of Economics and Management Strategy. See the Q&A with Sarah at:

Graduate Seminars

All Seminars are located in the Economics Dept, Room 1002. Speakers and dates are subject to change.

Dr. Monica Deza
January 20, 2017
Graduated Driver Licensing and Teen Fertility

This paper evaluates the effect of implementing nighttime driving curfews and passenger restrictions mandated by the graduated driver licensing (GDL) on teen fertility. Both components of GDL potentially restrict the freedom and mobility of minor drivers by requiring adult supervision. Using birth data from the National Vital Statistics NVSS and a triple differences estimation, I find that the implementation of GDL decreased fertility by 4% among mothers between the ages of 16 and 18, relative to women who were not affected by GDL at the time of conception. This effect is driven by the states that require driving curfews for at least a year before teenagers can obtain their unrestricted drivers license.