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

Washington Post
December 12, 2018
California communities scramble to avoid becoming the next wildfire tragedy
The Week
November 26, 2018
Economists know that the prices of houses tend to drop in the aftermath of a nearby wildfire. But a new paper reveals good news for those who have invested in vulnerable woodland property: Unless you can literally see the fire scar from your home, these prices rebound within a couple of years.
Daily Mail
November 14, 2018
Four out of the five largest fires in California history have occurred in the last six years.
November 14, 2018
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.

Articles Featuring Shawn McCoy

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.
Shawn McCoy
PeopleDecember 12, 2016
This Lee Business School professor says the field of economics is about much more than most people assume.