Robert Berrens

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Regents Professor

Office:  ECON 2023A
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Robert Berrens is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico, where he has been a faculty member since 1994, and named a Regents Lecturer (2004-2007). He is former co-editor of Contemporary Economic Policy, associate editor of Water Resources Research, and currently serves on the board of Sustainability. He has served as Department Chair (2008-2012 and 2016-present), Special Assistant to the Dean of Arts & Sciences (2012-2013), Director of UNM’s interdisciplinary Water Resources Program (2013-2016), and been a member of the UNM Budget Leadership Team (2012-present). Teaching interests include: microeconomics, economics of higher education, environmental economics (including non-market valuation), and contemporary water resources issues. He is an environmental economist, with research in: water resources; ecosystem services, biodiversity and endangered species; forest resources; wildfire risk reduction; climate change and environmental policy. He has worked with more than 50 graduate students. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Forest Service, City of Albuquerque, NM Health Policy Commission, and various sources. He has more than 150 professional publications, including in: American Economic Review, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Water Management, Applied Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, Ecological Economics, Economics Letters, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Environmental Conservation, Environmental Management, Environmental and Resource Economics, Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Forest Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Land Economics, Natural Resources Journal, Political Analysis, Risk Analysis, Sustainability, Water Resources Research, and numerous other outlets.

Research Interests

Teaching Interests

  • Microeconomics
  • Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development
  • Water Resources: Contemporary Issues
  • Economics of Higher Education

Research Interests

  • Environmental Economics
  • Non-market valuation
  • Sustainable Development and Ecological Economics
  • Policy and Institutional Analysis
  • Forest and Water Resources Management
  • Public Lands Management
  • Biodiversity and Endangered Species Protection
  • Survey Research and Experimental Methods
  • Consumer Economics
  • Economics of Higher Education

White Papers

Understanding the Undergraduate Value Proposition at the University of New Mexico

Understanding the Undergraduate Value Proposition at the University of New Mexico, Part II: Time to Degree

Catalyst for a Great Transition? Increased Investments in Early Childhood Education in New Mexico

Price Elasticity of Enrollment for Undergraduate Admission and Retention Decisions at the University of New Mexico, 2010-2018

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