Shawn McCoy

Assistant Professor, Economics
Expertise: Urban Economics, Environmental Economics, Health Economics

Biography

Shawn McCoy is an economics professor, who specializes in urban-, environmental-, and health-related issues.

McCoy's research focuses on identifying cause-and-effect relationships between social problems, local economies, and the environment. His published works or works in-progress have explored a wide range of topics, including: the effect of wildfires and other storm damage on real estate transactions and homeowners' perceptions of disaster risk; how mass shootings and terrorism affect communities; and connections between disease and urban development, and fracking and indoor radon levels in homes.

Education

  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Pittsburgh
  • B.A., Economics, UNLV

Shawn McCoy In The News

Bankrate
December 17, 2019
According to the Insurance Information Institute, 90% of wildfires in the United States are caused by people, and the remaining 10% are caused by lightning strikes or lava.
U.S. News & World Report
December 9, 2019
Colorado’s most active oil and gas drilling is happening near land that is also hosting some of the fastest housing construction in the state.
Associated Press
December 9, 2019
Colorado’s most active oil and gas drilling is happening near land that is also hosting some of the fastest housing construction in the state.
San Francisco Chronicle
December 9, 2019
Colorado’s most active oil and gas drilling is happening near land that is also hosting some of the fastest housing construction in the state.

Articles Featuring Shawn McCoy

UNLV professor Matthew Lachniet works in his lab on campus.
PeopleDecember 27, 2019
A collection of stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made the news in 2019.
petri dish and beakers containing liquids
ResearchDecember 26, 2018
In 2018, faculty and students collaborated with one another and international colleagues on scientific exploration that sought to help people make sense of themselves and the world around them.
Shawn McCoy posing with tree
ResearchAugust 27, 2018
Demand for real estate rebounds in high-risk areas within one to two years of a wildfire, UNLV study finds. Here’s what the research may mean for homeowners in California and beyond.
man sitting between burned trees.
ResearchOctober 10, 2017
Economics researchers capitalize on the dynamics wildfire to prove infants’ proximity to smoke pollution while in utero affects birthweight.