Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics focuses on addressing human interactions with natural systems. At UNM, out studies are transdisciplinary, combining, for example, economics with biology, hydrology, chemistry, and engineering.
We address some of the most pressing problems in the world and in the state of New Mexico including (but not limited to) climate change, drought, forest fires, water and water quality, energy, environmental health, and invasive species.
Our goals are not only to understand the impact of humans and their economic pursuits on the natural world, but also to provide policymakers with improved information with which to develop management policies that provide economic opportunity and long-term environmental and resource viability.
Robert P. Berrens, PhD, Oregon State University
Janie M. Chermak, PhD, Colorado School of Mines
Andrew Goodkind, PhD, University of Minnesota
Benjamin Jones, PhD, University of New Mexico
Jingjing Wang, PhD, UC Riverside
Public & Health Economics
Heath economists study the supply and demand of physician and nurse services, pharmaceuticals, hospitals and other health care resources. Some work on at the department includes:
- Race and ethnicity and access to the quality of health care received;
- Issues on health care access and equity among woman;
- Effects of the health care reform on the cost of care and utilization of health care services;
- The economics of organ transplantation – wo doesn’t get a transplant and why;
- How regulatory and insurance quality, requirements can affect patients;
- Cost savings associated with medical cannabis access.
Melissa Binder, PhD, Columbia University
Philip Ganderton, PhD, UC Santa Barbara
Brady Horn, PhD, Washington State University
Xiaoxue Li, PhD, Syracuse University
Richard Santos, PhD, Michigan State University
Sarah Stith, PhD, University of Michigan
David van der Goes, PhD, Lehigh University
Robert O. Valdez, Phd, Pardee RAND Graduate School
International/Development and Sustainability Economics
Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
An example in the Department is the problem-based learning project about health and the environment in urban Nepal. This is an interdisciplinary collaboration with several faculty members on campus focusing on:
- Analyzing real-world data from the ground using analytical tools and empirical modules;
- Work collaboratively to discover causal linkages in sustainable technologies, awareness curricular interventions, citizen science apparatus, and others;
- Aim to implement a group effort of the ground in collaboration with international partners.
Alok Bohara, PhD, University of Colorado
Matias Fontenla, PhD, University of Texas
Kira Villa, PhD, Cornell University