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Professor Robert Valdez had the following article accepted for publication: Valdez, R.B., "What have we learned from the current measles outbreak to prevent future vaccine-preventable emergencies?", Madridge Journal of Vaccines, In press, July 2019.

Associate Professor Brady Horn, and his co-authors, had their paper, "Business cycles and admissions to substance abuse treatment," accepted for publication at: Contemporary Economic Policy

Econ PhD student Suzanne Stradling is in the news for her research on the Rio Chama:


David van der Goes and his co-authors had their paper, “Determinants of Specialist Physician Ambulatory Visits: a Neurology Example,” accepted to the Journal of Medical Economics.

Jose Busheli has accepted a tenure track assistant professor position at New Mexico State University in the Department of Economics. Matias Fontenla and Alok Bohara are Jose's co-chairs.

Professor, and Senior Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Phil Ganderton and his co-authors has their article, "Assessing Economic Damages in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation: The State of New Mexico” accepted for publication in the Journal of Forensic Economics.


Ph.D. Candidate Soumyajit Chakraborty has been awarded  a UNM Feminist Research Institute (FRI) Graduate Student Research Grant to engage in data collection in Nepal towards the research project titled: “Gender Roles of Return Migration in Developing Economies: A Case Study of Nepal.” Soumyajit will be visiting Nepal during the Winter 2019. Also, as part of his award, he is invited to give a talk in the FRI Research Lecture Series. Professor Alok Bohara is his advisor.


Samrat Kunwar has accepted a tenure track assistant professor position at Department of Economics, St. John’s University, Minnesota.  (Professor Alok Bohara is his advisor).  

Assistant Professor Xiaoxue Li had her co-authored article entitled "Does Mental Health Parity Encourage Mental Health Utilization Among Children and Adolescents? Evidence from the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)" accepted at the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research.

Assistant professor Ben Jones has his sole-authored article, "Infant Health Impacts of Freshwater Algal Blooms: Evidence from An Invasive Species Natural Experiment," accepted at Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Lecturer III Dave Dixon was awarded a Golden Paw designation for his ONL EC 2110 (formerly EC 105) course.

Recently published research (in PNAS) co-authored by Assistant Professor Andrew Goodkind is garnering considerable media attention, including at UNM, and a mention by our President Garnett Stoke in her 4/15/19 newsletter to campus:

Ph.D. Candidate Soumyajit Chakraborty has received the Hayek Fund for Scholars from Institute of Humane Studies (IHS) to present his paper "Role of Agronomical Knowledge in Crop Diversification and Adoption of Hybrid Rice Seeds: A Case Study of Nepal" [co-authored with Alok K. Bohara & Nayan K. Joshi] in the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) Washington DC Conference during March 29-30, 2019. Professor Alok Bohara is his advisor.

Ph.D. Candidates Soumyajit Chakraborty and Disha Shende have received the Travel Scholarships from Institute of Humane Studies (IHS) and are invited to join a day-long Seminar (April 4, 2019) on "Frontiers in Permissionless Innovation in healthcare, distributed technology, and energy" in Nassau, Bahamas. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Growth and Opportunity (CGO) at Utah State University and Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE). Professor Alok K. Bohara is their advisor.

PhD student Elmira Kalhor has officially accepted a one-year (renewable) post-doctoral position at Princeton's Center for Policy Research on Energy and the Environment. Professor Janie Chermak is her advisor.

Phd Student Xuanhao He is accepting a two-year post-doctoral position in the Department of Economics at Tulane University. His advisors are: Assistant Professor Xiaoxue Li, and Associate Professor Brady Horn.

PhD student Veeshan Rayamajhee has accepted a tenure track Assistant Professor position at North Dakota State University’s  Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics. He will also be a faculty fellow at the Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise. [Advisor: Professor Alok Bohara].

Recent PhD graduate Veronica Salinas has accepted a Lecturer position with the University of Vermont. Associate Professor Melissa Binder was her advisor.

Assistant Professor Ben Jones and Assistant Professor Andrew Goodkind had the following article, "Urban Afforestation and Infant Health: Evidence from MillionTreesNYC", accepted for publication in Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Assistant Professor Andrew Goodkind has had the following co-authored paper recently accepted: Christopher Tessum, Joshua Apte, Andrew Goodkind, Nicholas Muller, Kimberley Mullins, David Paolella, Stephen Polasky, Nathaniel Springer, Sumil Thakrar, Julian Marshall, Jason Hill. "Inequity in consumption of goods and services adds to racial-ethnic disparities in air pollution exposure." PNAS (

Professor Robert Valdez had the following paper published: Addressing the 21st Century Challenges to Herd Immunity. Madridge J Vaccines. 2019; 3(1): 77-79. doi: 10.18689/mjv-1000117, and he relays that there is a nice compliment to his work in this NYT today op-ed: This Is the Truth About Vaccines   

PhD student Suzanne Stradling has accepted a position at FERC - the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission  (with Professor Janie Chermak advisor)

PhD student Jamal Mankhrezri has accepted position as a tenure-track position as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics, Applied Statistics and International Business Development at New Mexico State University (with Professor Janie Chermak as advisor)


Associate Professor Brady Horn has been selected as one of three "Best Referees for Contemporary Economic Policy in 2018."

Professor Robert Valdez was quoted in WalletHub's recent piece about the healthiest and unhealthiest cities in the U.S.

Associate Professor Matias Fontenla was quoted in Daily Lobo article on potential UNM faculty unionization.

Econ PhD student Jose Bucheli (currently at UCSD), associate professor Matias Fontenla and their co-author had their paper, "Return Migration and Violence" published in World Development.

Associate Professor Melissa Binder was an expert panelist before the NM House Commerce and Economic Development Committee on February 9, 2019, discussing research supporting the use of Land Grant Permanent Funds to support an increased investment in early childhood education in NM:

UNM students travel to Nepal to combat health and environmental concerns: Interdisciplinary opportunity offered through Himalayan Study Abroad Program:

PhD student Veeshan Rayamajhee has received a grant award from Charles Koch Foundation to pursue his research in Natural Disaster and Coping Strategies based on his primary survey work in Bahunipati, VDC, Nepal.  Professor Alok Bohara is his advisor.

PhD student Soumyajit Chakraborty has been awarded the Jasso Student Award: Second Best Paper for a version of his field paper titled "Discrimination in Gender and Socioreligious Earnings: Recent Evidence from India." The award will be given on February 9th at the 2019 Biennial Population and Public Policy Conference presented by International Association of Applied Demographers (IAAD) and hosted by UNM Geospatial and Population Studies (UNM-GPS). Professor Alok Bohara is his advisor.

Recent PhD graduate Brandon Bridge (University of Montana), and Associate Professor Matia Fontenla, had the following co-authored paper, "Household-level effects of electricity on off-farm income,” accepted in Economics Bulletin.

January 2019

John Fleck,  Professor of Practice in Water Policy and Governance, in the UNM Department of Economics, has a new book scheduled for release: Fall 2019, University of Arizona Press – Science Be Dammed: How Ignoring Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River, by Eric Kuhn and John Fleck

Assistant professor Sarah Stith and her coauthors (Jacob Vigil, Franco Brockelman, Keenan Keeling, and Branden Hall) just had the paper "The Association between Cannabis Product Characteristics and Symptom Relief" accepted by the Journal Scientific Reports. KOB Interview:

Associate Professor Matias Fontenla and his colleague Ben Waddell are guest writers for a Huffington Post piece that discusses their recently published research in World Development:

Marketwatch had a story about the NBER article that Aakrit Joshi (Econ Phd student), Catherine Maclean and associate Professor Brady Horn wrote about substance use disorder treatment centers and property values.

One of our alumni, Derek Brumfield (Econ BA, 2000) passed away unexpectedly this past December 20th, 2018, while visiting friends and family in New Mexico (he lived and worked in CA). The Department extends our sincere condolences to his family and friends.  
Derek was a friend and generous benefactor to the Department of Economics at UNM. Derek remained connected to the Department, and cared about the success of current students. Most recently, his contributions supported the computer technology in the Department's heavily-used econometrics lab.

Econ PhD student Jose Bucheli (currently at UCSD), Associate Professor Matias Fontenla and their co-author had their paper, "Return Migration and Violence," published in World Development.


Along with a set of co-authors, Assistant Professor Ben Jones and Professor Robert Berrens had their paper -- (Carslon, D. et al.) "Benefit-Cost Analysis, Policy Impacts, and Congressional Hearings,"accepted for publication in the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis.

Graduate Seminars

Upcoming: Spring Semester Graduate Seminar Schedule

February 15, 2019 - Xiaoyang Wang - Are Commodity Futures Getting Noisier? - Impact from High Frequency Quoting

February 22, 2019 - John Fleck - Science Be Dammed: How Ignoring Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River

March 1, 2019 - Roy Boyd - Modeling Mexican/US Policy Issues Using CGE:  Energy, Mexican Economic Stagnation and Immigration to the US

March 22, 2019 - Phil Ganderton - Assessing Economic Damages in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation: The State of New Mexico

March 29, 2019 - Markus Schneider - Labor Market Segmentation and the Distribution of Income: New Evidence from Internal Census Bureau Data

April 12, 2019 - Sean Murphy - Will Converting Naloxone to Over-the-Counter Status Increase Pharmacy Sales?

April 26 ,2019 - Kerry Smith - Economy-wide Modeling, Environmental Macro-Economics, and Benefit Cost Analysis

All Seminars are located in the Economics Dept, Room 1002 from 3:00p - 4:30p. Speakers and dates are subject to change.