Shawn McCoy

Director, UNLV Lied Center for Real Estate
Associate 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

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Shawn McCoy In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
When Kiara Ringgenberg and her boyfriend moved to Ely at Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas this April, they found the developer, The Calida Group, was more than happy to have them given current market conditions.
Las Vegas Sun
Some homeowners in the western United States have chosen to build in areas that are susceptible to wildfires for obvious reasons: The forest, with its beautiful trees and the unspoiled wilderness, are your backyard, said Nicholas Irwin, an assistant professor in the UNLV department of economics.
K.V.V.U. T.V. Fox 5
As Las Vegas continues to expand, some residents may be increasing their risks by moving into fire-prone areas. Two UNLV professors are looking into how homes continue to be built despite the dangers of the landscape.
Nevada Current
An ambitious proposal to track, and limit the influence of, corporate investors within Nevada’s strained housing market passed out of a Senate committee last week with bipartisan support.

Articles Featuring Shawn McCoy

people doing research
Research | December 27, 2021

UNLV researchers made international headlines this year with their discoveries. Here's a roundup of some of our top stories of 2021.

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Campus News | September 7, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.

U.N.L.V. nursing student in red shirt reviewing slide sample with peer
Campus News | August 4, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.