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

Medill Reports
Two days after Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman publicly communicated doubts about the plan to demolish the Tropicana Las Vegas and build a new stadium for the Oakland Athletics in its place, a longtime Tropicana employee expressed her sadness to be losing a home away from home.
When the deadly coronavirus became a global pandemic in March 2020, indoor public spaces were shuttered and stay-at-home orders were issued to ensure health and safety. In a flash, Nevada saw its leisure and hospitality lifeblood quickly cut off.
Vegas Inc
About three years ago, as the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority made a bid to host the city’s first Super Bowl—now just days away—it commissioned local analytics firm Applied Analysis to create an economic impact statement on the event.
City Cast Las Vegas
The housing market in Las Vegas just saw its lowest year in sales since the crash in 2007. That may be confusing to some who are feeling the effects of our growing population and seeing new housing developments creep into the desert. It's hard to tell if it's the right time for a move or not, whether you are from out of state or a longtime Vegas resident. Professor Nicholas Irwin teaches real estate and economics at UNLV. He explains to co-host Dayvid Figler what to look out for in the everchanging Las Vegas housing market, how renters and corporate buyers fit into the equation, and tells us if now is the right time to buy a house.

Articles Featuring Nicholas Irwin

a UNLV football helmet placed on the turf with an Allegiant Stadium sign and empty bleachers visible in the background
Campus News | January 31, 2024

As the nation's most-watched sports entertainment event rolls into town, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

Students at Pida Plaza on the first day of classes (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News | September 1, 2023

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

Graduation surprise
Campus News | August 1, 2023

News stories from the summer featuring UNLV students and faculty.