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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. (2016). “Work more and play less? Time use impacts of changing ecosystem services: The case of the invasive Emerald Ash Borer.” Ecological Economics 124: 49–58.

Jones, B.A., S. McDermott and J. Chermak. (2016). “PLAN or get SLAM’ed: Optimal management of invasive species in the presence of indirect health externalities.” Journal of Environmental Management 180: 538-550.

Jones, B.A., R. Berrens, H. Jenkins-Smith, C. Silva, D. Carlson, J. Ripberger, K. Gupta and N. Carlson. (2016). “Valuation in the Anthropocene: Exploring preferences for alternative operations of the Glen Canyon Dam.” Water Resources and Economics 14: 13-30.

Jones, B.A., J. Thacher, J. Chermak and R. Berrens. (2016). “Wildfire smoke health costs: A methods case study for a Southwestern US ‘mega–fire.’ ” Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy 5(2): 181–199.

Jones, B.A. (2014). “What are the health costs of uranium mining? A case–study of miners in Grants, New Mexico.” International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health 20(4): 289–300. Editor’s Choice Article, 2015