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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. Benjamin’s research specializes in environmental economics and in particular he studies the connections between the natural environment, human health, and well-being. He primarily uses causal inference techniques and dynamic optimization modeling to investigate the economic consequences of environmental shocks that affect human health outcomes.  His work has been published in leading environmental economics journals such as the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Environmental and Resource Economics, Land Economics, and Ecological Economics.

Research Areas

  • Environmental Economics
  • Epidemiological Dimensions of Environmental Economics
  • Causal Inference
  • Dynamic Optimization
  • Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS)

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Modeling
  • Mathematics for Economics
  • Non-Market Valuation
  • Economics of Environmental Health

Selected Publications

Jones, B.A. (2019). "Infant Health Impacts of Freshwater Algal Blooms: Evidence from an Invasive Species Natural Experiment." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 96: 36-59.

Goodkind, A., Jones, B.A., and R. Berrens. (2020). "Cryptodamages: Monetary Value Estimates of the Air Pollution and Human Health Impacts of Cryptocurrency Mining." Energy Research & Social Science 59: 101281.

Jones, B.A. and A. Goodkind. (2019). "Urban Afforestation and Infant Health: Evidence from MillionTreesNYC." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 95: 26-44.

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.