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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.


Assistant Professor Sarah Stith and UNM Colleague Jacob Vigil have their collaborative research on medical cannibis featured in the news:

Professor Janie Chermak, and assistant professor Ben Jones, are part of a large 5 year, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional NSF EPSCoR grant that UNM has secured to help modernize the electricity grid:

Assistant Professor Kira Villa, with coauthors Catalina Herrera and David Sahn, had their article, "Teen Fertility and Female Employment Outcomes: Evidence from Madagascar" accepted for publication at Journal of African Econonmies.

Professor Christine Sauer was quoted in a WalletHub piece about the Fed rate hike. You can find it here:

Research Professor Richard Bernknopf had the following co-authored paper published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, "Kuwayama, Y. A. Thompson, R. Bernknopf, B. Zaitchik and P. Vail 2018. "Estimating the Impact of Drought on Agriculture Using the Drought Monitor".

Justin Whetton (Recent PhD graduate), Matias Fontenla (Associate Professor) and Kira Villa (Assistant Professor) had the following paper" Opportunities for Higher Education: The Ten-Year Effects of Conditional Cash Transfers on
Upper-Secondary and Tertiary Enrollments", accepted in the Oxford Development Studies Journal.

Assistant Professor Ben Jones had the following sole-authored paper, "Tree Shade, Temperature, and Human Health: Evidence from Invasive Species-Induced Deforestation," accepted for publication at Ecological Economics.


Assistant Professor Ben Jones had the following sole-authored paper, "Forest-Attacking Invasive Species and Infant Health: Evidence from the Invasive Emerald Ash Borer," accepted for publication in the journal, Ecological Economics.

The UNM Economics Department is launching a fully online economics minor this Fall 2018 as part of UNM's Managed Online Program (MOP). Check out the Economics MOP webpate and the brand new video, starring our Economics faculty colleague Dave Dixon:

Assistant Professor David van der Goes, Economics PhD student Veeshan Rayamajhee and their co-authors had their paper "An Iron Triangle ROI Model for Healthcare.” published in ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research Journal

Evaluation Lab's Inaugural Summer Institute, lead by Associate Professor Melissa Binder, was covered by UNM News:

 Assistant Professor Sarah Stith and her colleagues had the following paper accepted: "The Role of Cannabis within an Emerging Perspective on Schizophrenia." Authors: Jegason Diviant, Jacob Vigil, Sarah Stith. Journal: Medicines

Assistant Professor David van der Goes and Professor Richard Santos had their paper, "Determinants of Private Health Insurance Coverage among Mexican American Men 2010-2013” accepted for publication at: Journal of Medical Economics.

Assistant Professor Ben Jones and Professor of Practice John Fleck had their paper, "Urban Trees and Water Use in Arid Climates: Insights from an Integrated Bioeconomic-Health Model," accepted for publication at: Water Economics and Policy.

Graduate Seminars

Upcoming: Spring Semester Graduate Seminar Schedule



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