Ian McDonough

Assistant Professor, Lee Business School
Expertise: Microeconomics, Econometrics, Food Insecurity, Statistics, Education


Ian McDonough is an economist whose expertise covers a general view of applied microeconomics, with particular interests in food security, child health and development, education, and microeconometrics.

McDonough came to UNLV in 2014 and is currently an assistant professor of economics in the Lee Business School. He has taught courses and conducted research on topics including econometrics, statistics, and empirical microeconomics. He's also an independent economic consultant.

McDonough's most recent research explores the determinants of food insecurity, the role of regional economic diversification in mediating economic shocks, the impact of terrorism on social capital, and the development of new econometric estimators.



  • Ph.D., Economics, Southern Methodist University
  • M.A., Economics, Southern Methodist University
  • M.S., Economics, Utah State University
  • B.S., Information Systems, Utah State University

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Ian McDonough In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
March 12, 2021
UNLV economics professor Ian McDonough knew that many seniors across the Las Vegas Valley did not have access to nutritious food even before the pandemic.
Las Vegas Review Journal
September 8, 2020
As unemployment benefits and savings run dry, food banks are scrambling to help a growing number of people struggling to put meals on the table.
September 11, 2019
Thirty. That’s the number of days that policymakers have to work with — before social capital wanes — in the immediate aftermath of a terrorist attack, according to new research from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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