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Stephen P.A. Brown

Professor, Economics

Executive Director of Nevada Kids Count

Expertise: Economics, Business Conditions, Regional Economic Conditions, Public Finance, Energy Economics, Climate Policy, Economic Indicators


Stephen P. A. Brown is an internationally recognized scholar for his work in energy economics and immediate past director of UNLV's Center for Business and Economic Research. He has conducted economic research and analysis in such areas as energy economics and policy, environmental economics and policy, climate policy, public finance, regional economic growth, and aggregate economic activity.

Before joining the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Brown was nonresident fellow and co-director of the Center for Energy Economics and Policy at Resources for the Future. From 1981 through 2008, Brown pursued economic research and analysis at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. 

He is an editor for the journal Energy Policy, on the advisory board of the journal Energy Economics, and a regular participant in meetings of the Stanford Energy Modeling Forum. He recently served on the American Statistical Association’s advisory board for the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Brown has conducted research funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Energy, the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Energy Policy Institute, the Bertelsmann Foundation, the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, the National Commission for Energy Policy, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Maryland
  • M.A., Economics, University of Maryland
  • B.S., Economics, California Polytechnic State University

Stephen P.A. Brown In The News

Oct 25, 2017

For Kevin Hassett, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, the 1986 Reagan tax cut was a golden moment for economists and tax policy wonks, worthy of celebration.

Sep 19, 2016

ow are retail apparel businesses catering to the consumers who insist on paying as little as possible?

Sep 15, 2016

Nevada is one of just eight states that saw a slight increase in income inequality from 2014 to 2015, according to new census data that raise questions about the evenness of the state’s economic recovery.

Jul 25, 2016

The Peppermill Resort in south Reno is the latest casino trying to cut the chord with NV Energy.

Articles Featuring Stephen P.A. Brown

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Jun 25, 2015
Campus News

Southern Nevada industries are expanding, unemployment is down sharply, and visitor volume is trending up, according to biannual economic report.

Las Vegas strip
Jun 16, 2015
Campus News

UNLV Center for Business and Economic Research biannual conference June 25 will address factors impacting economic growth.

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