New Mexico Centric Research

At the University of New Mexico Department of Economics, our faculty and graduate students engage in impactful research and outreach for the state and people of New Mexico. Below are a few of the projects we are currently working on through state funded research:

Early Childhood Interventions in New Mexico: Short- and Medium-Term Outcomes

We propose to measure the effects on numerous short- to long-term outcomes associated with early childhood programs in New Mexico, using New Mexico-specific data at both the individual- and community-level. Our study will add value to the policy discourse in New Mexico surrounding early childhood programming by providing New Mexico-specific estimates, which are necessary for more accurate planning, targeting, and innovation in the use of state resources.

Faculty Involved: Melissa Binder, Kira Villa

Graduate Student(s): Abhradeep Karmakar, Kritika Sen

An Economic and Social Impact Analysis of Ozone Pollution in New Mexico

We propose to develop an economic and social impact analysis of ozone (O3) pollution in NM. O3 is a by-product of economic activity and, through its impacts to human health, an input into the well-being and productivity of all New Mexicans. In this project, we propose to add two important components to this discussion: (i) identification of O3 and O3 precursor “hotspots” in the state, with a comparison to known sources of economic activity (e.g., oil and gas, transportation, etc.), and; (ii) the first modeled state-wide estimates of the health consequences for New Mexicans of rising O3 levels. By focusing on the state’s entire population, we broaden the discussion beyond the counties out of compliance and will help identify those locations with the greatest potential to improve health from reduced O3 exposure.

Faculty Involved: Andrew Goodkind, Benjamin Jones

Graduate Student(s): Suraj Ghimire

What is the effect of home cultivation of cannabis on residential water usage in New Mexico?

The work proposed herein will contribute to managing New Mexico’s water usage and its cannabis regulation. One, we will document the extent of home cultivation and its water usage across summer and winter growing seasons. Two, we will provide data and analyses needed to evaluate regulations adjusting plant counts or improving water conservation among home cultivators. Three, we will show preliminary evidence of the extent to which commercial cultivation substitutes for home cultivation.

Faculty Involved: Janie Chermak, Sarah Stith

Graduate Student(s): Swarup Paudel

The costs, benefits, and consequences of tax policy for New Mexico wineries and breweries

The aim is to better understand production and consumption decisions for craft beer and wine in New Mexico. We will interview stakeholders (New Mexico craft beer and wine producers) to better understand the degree to which the tax code thresholds impact production decisions. We will survey consumers to better understand consumer preferences and purchasing decisions associated with New Mexico craft beer and wine.

Faculty Involved: David Dixon, Brady Horn

Graduate Student(s): Ana Paula Milan Hinostroza