Nicholas Irwin

Assistant Professor of Economics
Expertise: Economy, Microeconomics, Urban Economics, Environmental Economics, Real Estate, Sustainability


UNLV Lee Business School professor Nicholas Irwin studies microeconomics, particularly environmental and urban economics with a focus on the implications of these areas on real estate markets, human decision making, and demographics. His expertise is used to provide insight into proposed environmental or urban policies in Nevada and the economic implications surrounding them.

Irwin has conducted research on issues including the implications of COVID-19 on the housing market and water use, homeowners' response to new information about environmental hazards, the role of neighbors in homeowner decision making, and the implications of wildfire and other risks on housing demand and supply.

Irwin's work has been published in leading environmental and urban journals, including the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Energy Policy, Land Economics, and the Journal of Real Estate Research.


  • Ph.D., Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University
  • M.S., Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University
  • M.A., Economics, American University
  • B.A., Economics, The Ohio State University

Nicholas Irwin In The News

K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
Loan borrowers are feeling the squeeze with rising interest rates as inflation remains high. However, one real estate agent is offering some ways to offset those higher costs.
What happens when large numbers of people – driven in part by a new generation of migrants working remotely – come to a region hit by a mega-drought once every 1,200 years? A handful of counties scattered across the arid American Southwest will soon find out.
Telemundo Las Vegas
Casinos, hotels, and golf courses top the list.
Telemundo Las Vegas
It is expected that with funds of 160 million dollars, 4,000 houses will be built.

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Research | December 27, 2021

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Campus News | August 4, 2021

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