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Economics Faculty

Economics Faculty

Econ Faculty welcomes you!

Graduation 2015

Graduation 2015

Spring Graduation 2015

Department of Economics

Welcome Letter from the Chair

Graduate Seminar Schedule

Economics Graduation Reception
Friday May 12th
Economics courtyard


We are moving to a new format this year:

  • Recognizing Economics graduates and award winners (December 2016, May 2017 and July 2017 graduates)
  • Informal, no cap and gown/regalia required
  • Light refreshments provided
  • Limited seating  - please be prepared to stand and mingle, reserving seats for those with needs

 We are very proud of our graduates and look forward to honoring you! Please RSVP to Tami Henri (, including the total number of people in your expected party.

 We also encourage you to attend the larger UNM Commencement Ceremony on Saturday May 13th:

Department News

April 2017

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

March 2017

Dr. Bohara and Mohammad Ali had the following paper "How does FDI Respond to the Size of Shadow Economy: An Empirical  Analysis Under a Gravity Model Setting." accepted in International Economic Journal.

Dr. Bohara and Robert Fonner had a paper, "Optimal Control of Wild Horse Populations with Non-lethal Methods" accepted in Land Economics (forthcoming 2017)

Dr. Bohara and Samrat Kunwar had a paper, "Willingness to pay for mitigating human-elephant conflict by residents of Nepal", accepted in Journal of Nature Conservation (Forthcoming 2017)

Dr. Bohara and Mohammad Ali had their paper "How does FDI Respond to the Size of Shadow Economy: An Empirical  Analysis Under a Gravity Model Setting." accepted in  International Economic Journal.

Dr. Brady Horn had his article published: "Do Minimum Wage Increases Influence Worker Health? Economic Inquiry. Horn B. P., Maclean, J. C., & Strain, M. (Forthcoming).

Dr. Brady Horn had his article published: "What Happens to High-Cost Patients? An Analysis of the Trajectories of Billed Charges Over Time. Population Health Management" Horn, B. P., Crandall, C., Binder, D.  & Sklar, D. (Forthcoming).

Assistant Professor Ben Jones had a single-authored paper accepted at Journal of Forest Economics entitled “Are We Underestimating the Economic Costs of Wildfire Smoke? An Investigation Using the Life Satisfaction Approach.”

 Dr. Robert Berrens, Dr. Brady Horn, and Dr. Bern Dealy (former UNM PhD student) had their paper, “The Impact of Clandestine Methamphetamine Lab Discovery and Decontamination on Property Values: Discovery, Decontamination and Stigma.” accepted for publication in the Journal of Urban Economics.

Dr. Robert Berrens and Dr. Benjamin Jones had their co-authored article, "Contingent Valuation and the Policymaking Process: An Application to Used Nuclear Fuel in the United States" (Carlson et al., 2016),  selected as best article published in the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis in 2016.

Dr. Benjamin Jones had his article, “Health Impacts of Invasive Species Through an Altered Natural Environment: Assessing Air Pollution Sinks as a Causal Pathway,”co-authored with former UNM faculty member Dr. Shana McDermott, accepted at Environmental and Resource Economics.

Dr. David Dixon was interviewed by the Daily Lobo last month.

February 2017

David Brookshire and Rich Bernknopf along with UNM Phd alumni Craig Broadbent, had their paper, "A Conceptual Market Framework for Water Bound Nitrate Pollution", accepted in the International Journal of Water Resources Development.

Robert Berrens along with his UNM co-authors in Civil Engineering (Amir Jasafari and Vanessa Valentin), had a paper, "The Economic Value of Energy Performance Improvements in the US Residential Housing Market", accepted in the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management.

Robert Berrens and Ben Jones were both appointed as affiliated faculty in the National Institute for Risk and Resilience, at the University of Oklahoma.

Mani Nepal, Aspara Nepal (former UNM grad students) and Robert Berrens had their paper, "Where gathering firewood matters: Proximity and forest management effects in hedonic pricing models for rural Nepal" accepted in the Journal of Forest Economics.

Professor of Practice, John Fleck with an interview today on "Here and There, with Dave Marash":

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 from 2:30p - 4:00p. Speakers and dates are subject to change.

Dr. Jane Ruseski and Dr. Brad Humphrey
April 7, 2017

Country Roads, Take Me to heroin? access to opioids and opioid abuse in west Virginia

Opioids, a class of powerful pain relieving drugs, have important medical uses for individuals experiencing acute and chronic pain and are widely recognized as useful when treating cancer patients. They are also highly addictive and prone to abuse, making them prime candidates for nonmedical spillover uses. Opioid-related overdoses increased substantially in the US over the past fifteen years, likely reflecting an increase in nonmedical spillovers. We investigate nonmedical spillover effects of legal opioid supply in West Virginia, a state with more than double the national average age-adjusted overdose death rate. Legal opioid supply increased substantially in the state over the period; several regions experienced exceptionally large increases in legal opioid deliveries. Increases in county-level legal opioid deliveries were associated with increases in opioid-related overdose deaths and hospitalizations, suggesting the presence of important nonmedical spillovers associated with increases in legally prescribed opioids in the state.