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Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor

Office:  ECON 1022
Website:  Personal website
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Benjamin Jones is an Assistant Professor of Economics at UNM. He has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the University of New Mexico and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to coming to UNM, he completed a postdoc at the University of Oklahoma. Benjamin specializes in environmental economics and in particular he studies the connections between the natural environment, human health, and well-being. He is interested in measuring the “value” of human-nature interactions across multiple dimensions.

Research Areas

  • Environmental Economics
  • Epidemiological Dimensions of Environmental Economics
  • Non-Market Valuation
  • Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS)
  • Invasive Species
  • Wildfire Smoke
  • Air Pollution

Teaching Interests

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Modeling
  • Mathematics for Economics

Selected Publications

Jones, B.A. and S. McDermott. (2018). "The Economics of Urban Afforestation: Insights from an Integrated Bioeconomic-Health Model."  Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 89: 116-135.

Jones, B.A. (2018). "Spillover Health Effects of Energy Efficiency Investments: Quasi-Experimental Evidence from the Los Angeles LED Streetlight Program."  Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 88: 283-299.

Jones, B.A., R. Berrens, H. Jenkins-Smith, C. Silva, J. Ripberger, D. Carlson, K. Gupta, and W. Wehde.  (2018). "In Search of an Inclusive Approach: Measuring Non-market Values for the Effects of Complex Dam, Hydroelectric and River System Operations." Energy Economics 69: 225-236.

Jones, B.A. (2017). "Are We Underestimating the Economic Costs of Wildfire Smoke? An Investigation Using the Life Satisfaction Approach." Journal of Forest Economics 27: 80-90.   

Jones, B.A. and S. McDermott. (2018). "Health Impacts of Invasive Species Through an Altered Natural Environment: Assessing Air Pollution Sinks as a Causal Pathway." Environmental and Resource Economics 71(1): 23-43.

Jones, B.A. (2017). "Invasive Species Impacts on Human Well-Being Using the Life Satisfaction Index." Ecological Economics 134: 250-257.

Jones, B.A. (2017). "The Social Health Costs of Uranium Mining in the US Colorado Plateau Cohort, 1960-2005."International Journal of Public Health 62(4): 471-478.