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January 2019

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.


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.

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