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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

Nov 14, 2018

Four out of the five largest fires in California history have occurred in the last six years.

Nov 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.

Nov 14, 2018

Longer droughts and a history of putting out small blazes leave forests choked with tinder

Nov 14, 2018

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

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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