Ian McDonough

Associate Professor and S.J. Hall Faculty Fellow, Economics
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 associate 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

Vegas PBS
November 30, 2021
The pandemic put a lot of people out of work, which meant a lot of people did not know where their next meal would come from. Now that more people are back to work, inflation means food is costing a lot.
Las Vegas Review Journal
November 22, 2021
Rising food and transportation costs are hitting food banks and pantries in Southern Nevada, as the nonprofits deal with the effects of supply chain disruptions while balancing their unprecedented use in the last 18 months.
August 25, 2021
A recent UNLV study finds that working from home might be making Nevada's water issues worse.
August 24, 2021
Many businesses have said they’re looking at hybrid work options going forward, where employees will be able to work from home at least part of the time if they’d like.

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Research | December 27, 2021

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Campus News | December 8, 2021

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Campus News | September 7, 2021

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Campus News | August 4, 2021

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