Nicholas Irwin

Associate Professor of Economics
Research Director, UNLV Lied Center for Real Estate
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

The Nevadan
When the United States was in the midst of a fight against inflation in mid-2022, Nevada Republican US Senate candidate Sam Brown had an idea he said would have stopped inflation in its tracks — but one that also could have prompted a recession.
Battleground News
Nicholas Irwin, Associate Professor of Economics at UNLV joins S.E. Cupp on Episode 2 of Battleground! Nicholas expands on the cost of living in NV, how it's impacting voters, and the crazy reality of rent & mortgage prices.
Las Vegas Review Journal
With mortgage rates at a 20-year high and many homeowners locked into low rates they nabbed during the pandemic, fewer existing houses are selling in Southern Nevada and homebuilders are offering more incentives to get buyers into new homes.
Las Vegas Review Journal
The Las Vegas Valley could run out of land to build houses in as little as eight years, and this is definitely cause for concern, the leader of the region’s homebuilders association said.

Articles Featuring Nicholas Irwin

Josh Hawkins, UNLV
Campus News | July 3, 2024

News highlights featuring UNLV students and staff who made (refreshing) waves in the headlines.

Spring Flowers (Becca Schwartz)
Campus News | April 1, 2024

A roundup of the top news stories featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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.