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Department of Economics

In Memoriam: David Hamilton

Welcome Letter from the Chair

Graduate Seminar Schedule

Department News


A paper coauthored by Soumi Roy Chowdhury, Alok Bohara, and Brady Horn, got accepted for publication "Balance of Power, Domestic violence and Health Injuries: Evidence from Demographic and Health Survey of Nepal," World Development


Prof. Bohara and Soumi Roy Chowdhury had the following paper published: "Distance and Lack of Information as Barriers to Cancer Screening: A Spatial Empirical Evidence From Nepal," Journal of Family Medicine and Community Health, August 31, 2017.

Congrats to Ben Jones and his co-authors who had the following article, "Estimating Willingness to Pay for Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions Provided by Hydropower using the Contingent Valuation Method," accepted in the journal: Energy Policy.

Congrats to Jose Bucheli (PhD student), Kira Villa and Alok Bohara who had the following article, "Paths to Development? Rural Roads and Multidimensional Poverty in the Hills  and Plains of Nepal"  accepted in: Journal of International Development

Richard Santos (lead author), and his colleagues (including recent PhD graduate Menuka Karki) had the following article, "Social Determinants of Overweight and Obesity Rates by Elementary School in a Predominantly Hispanic School Distric", accepted for publication at The Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

Our newest Assistant Professor, Andrew Goodkind and his co-authors had their paper, "Subnational commodity mobility and consumption-based environmental accounting of U.S. corn in animal protein and ethanol supply chains", accepted in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

Dr. Sarah Stith's sole authored paper, "Organizational Learning-by-Doing in Liver Transplantation," has been accepted by the International Journal of Health Economics and Management.

Three of our PhD students were awarded significant fellowships for 2016-2017!  Congratulations!

Katie Gutierrez was named an RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar

Kara Walter and Rajan Bishwakarma received UNM, Center for Regional Studies (CRS) Graduate Fellowships


Dr. Berrens and Dr. Jones had their paper, "Application of an Original Wildfire Smoke Health Cost Benefits Transfer Protocol to the Western US, 2005-2015" accepted for publication in the journal, Environmental Management.

Dr. Sarah Stith had a paper accepted for publication. "Stith, Sarah, Jacob Vigil, Ian Adams, and Anthony Reeve. 2017. Effects of Legal Access to Cannabis on Scheduled II-V Drug Prescriptions. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association."

Dr. Kira Villa had a paper "Multidimensional Human Capital Formation in a Developing Country: Health, Cognition, and Locus of Control in the Philippines," accepted for publication in the Journal of Economics and Human Biology.


Dr. Xiaoxue Li had a paper with Jinqi Ye, at Huazhong University of Science and Technology accepted, "The Spillover Effects of Health Insurance Benefit Mandates on Public Health Insurance: Evidence from Veterans" in the  Journal of Health Economics.


Samrat Kunwar had a paper accepted, "Assessing the Impact of Climate on Farm Values in Nepal: A Spatial Ricardian Approach” in the Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics

Meghan Lippert, Senior Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Advisor for Economics, has received the Provost Office's Excellence in Advising Award. Congrats to Meghan!!

Dr. Horn, Dr. Berrens, Dr. Bohara, Dr. Bern Dealy (former PhD student) and co-author Angela Bryan had the following paper accepted at, Applied Economics: "The impact of behavioural risk reduction interventions on willingness to pay to avoid sexually transmitted infections: a stated preference study of justice-involved youth."

Dr. Bohara and current PhD student, Kristina Piorkowski had a paper accepted for publication at Feminist Economics:  “Passing the “Torches of Freedom”: An Investigation into Smoking Behaviors of Women in Nepal".


Soumi Roy Chowdhury is the recipient of the UNM Graduate Dean's Dissertation Award 2017

Veeshan Rayamajhee is the recipient of the Adam Smith Fellowship and Graduate Research Supplement Award 2017

Graduate Seminars

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