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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
Four out of the five largest fires in California history have occurred in the last six years.
In recent years authorities in California have reported an increase in such large, explosive and swiftly spreading wildfires over a virtually year-round fire season.
Longer droughts and a history of putting out small blazes leave forests choked with tinder
The cost in lives and property from megafires is growing as more Americans build homes in or around forests and woodlands.
Articles Featuring Shawn McCoy
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.
Economics researchers capitalize on the dynamics wildfire to prove infants’ proximity to smoke pollution while in utero affects birthweight.