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Shawn McCoy

Assistant Professor, Economics

Expertise: Urban Economics, Environmental Economics, Health Economics


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.


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

Shawn McCoy In The News

Sep 5, 2018

Wildfires have been ravaging the eastern coast of the United States this summer, but the risk of having your home destroyed in a blaze hasn’t prevented home buyers from purchasing in at-risk areas, according to a recent study.

Sep 4, 2018

A new study affirms that wildfire risks don't impact property values in fire-prone areas over the long run.

Sep 4, 2018

The immediate impact of wildfires will clearly have an impact on buyers considering areas prone to blazes but not for long.

Sep 4, 2018

In this week’s Real Estate News in Brief podcast… experts predict when we’ll see a buyer’s market, home buyer activity in the wake of wildfires, and proof that the retail apocalypse doesn’t exist.

Articles Featuring Shawn McCoy

Shawn McCoy posing with tree
Aug 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.
Oct 10, 2017

Economics researchers capitalize on the dynamics wildfire to prove infants’ proximity to smoke pollution while in utero affects birthweight.

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