Benjamin Jones

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Associate Professor

Office:  ECON 1013
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Benjamin Jones is an Associate 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. Benjamin’s research specializes in environmental economics and in particular he focuses on the connections between the natural environment and human health outcomes. Applications of his work include invasive species, afforestation and deforestation impacts, wildfire smoke, water quality and availability, and energy resources. His work has been published in leading environmental economics journals such as the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Environmental and Resource Economics, Land Economics, and Ecological Economics. His work has also been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Fox Business News, Nature Sustainability, and Anthropocene Magazine.

Research Areas

  • Environmental Economics
  • Epidemiological/Health Dimensions of Environmental Economics
  • Dynamic Optimization
  • Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS)

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Modeling
  • Mathematics for Economics
  • Non-Market Valuation Survey Design
  • Microeconomic Theory

Selected Publications

Jones, B.A. (2020). "After the Dust Settles: The Infant Health Impacts of Dust Storms." Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists 7(6):1005-1032.

Jones, B.A. (2020). "Invasive Species Control, Agricultural Pesticide Use, and Infant Health Outcomes." Land Economics 96(2): 149-170.

Goodkind, A., Jones, B.A., and R. Berrens. (2020). "Cryptodamages: Monetary Value Estimates of the Air Pollution and Human Health Impacts of Cryptocurrency Mining." Energy Research & Social Science 59: 101-281.

Jones, B.A. (2019). "Infant Health Impacts of Freshwater Algal Blooms: Evidence from an Invasive Species Natural Experiment." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 96: 36-59.

Jones, B.A. and A. Goodkind. (2019). "Urban Afforestation and Infant Health: Evidence from MillionTreesNYC." Journal of Environmental Economics and Management 95: 26-44.