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Department News


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), Mattias 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.


Assistant Professor Sarah Stith and her co-authors had the following paper accepted for publication: "Patient-Reported Symptom Relief Following Medical Cannabis Consumption under Naturalistic Conditions" by S. Stith, J. Vigil, F. Brockelman, K. Keeling, B. Hall. Journal: Frontiers in Pharmacology

Recent Phd Graduate Chris Erwin and Associate Professor Melissa Binder had their paper, "Does Broad-Based Merit Aid Improve College Completion? Evidence from New Mexico's Lottery Scholarship" accepted at Education Finance and Policy.  It became available on line last week at: 

Assistant Professor Sarah Stith and her co-authors had their paper, Vigil, J., S. Stith et al., "Effectiveness of Raw, Natural Medical Cannabis Flower for Treating Insomnia under Naturalistic Conditions." accepted for publication in: Medicines.

Graduate Seminars

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

IDS Brown Bag Seminar
September 21, 2018
ECON 1002
2:30 - 4:00