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Christopher Erwin

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PhD Candidate

ECON 1006E
Curriculum vitae


Christopher P. Erwin is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Erwin earned a B.S. Economics from Arizona State University in 2006, a M.A. Economics from California State University at Fullerton in 2011, and a M.A. Economics from the University of New Mexico 2013.  His major fields are econometrics and public economics, with a minor field in environmental and natural resource economics.  He teaches upper division economics courses at the University of New Mexico and is an analyst at the Center for Education Policy Research.  Erwin also serves as a Senior Fellow for the New Mexico Evaluation Lab.  He is currently on the job market.  Please see his personal webpage for more information, including teaching, research, and diversity statements, as well as transcripts and teaching evaluations (

Research Interests:

  • applied microeconomics
  • economics of education
  • labor economics
  • policy evaluation
  • measuring inequality

Teaching Interests:

  • microeconomic theory (undergraduate, graduate)
  • macroeconomic theory (undergraduate)
  • econometrics (undergraduate, graduate)
  • economics of education (undergraduate, graduate)
  • labor economics (undergraduate, graduate)


López, Nancy, Christopher Erwin, Melissa Binder, and Mario Chavez.  "Making the invisible visible: advancing quantitative methods in higher education using critical race theory and intersectionality.”  Race, Ethnicity and Education(2017). DOI: 10.1080/13613324.2017.1375185.

Working Papers:

Erwin, Christopher, and Melissa Binder.  “Does Broad-Based Merit Aid Improve College Completion?  Evidence from New Mexico's Lottery Scholarship.”  Education Finance and Policy (revise and resubmit).

“Wage Effects of Baccalaureate Time to Degree in the United States,” with Melissa Binder.

"Short-Run Wage and Employment Dynamics under the Arizona Employer Sanctions Law,” with Andrew Gill.

“Subsidized Child Care in New Mexico: the Impact of Provider Quality Ratings on Third Grade Outcomes,” with Hailey Heinz.