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

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Stephen P.A. Brown In The News

Wall Street Journal
March 19, 2020
Demand for electricity is beginning to weaken in parts of the U.S. hardest hit by the coronavirus and could fall further in coming days as shelter-in-place orders spread, following a path taken by Italy’s industrial region.
Los Angeles Times
January 7, 2020
Oil prices topped $70 a barrel Monday for the first time in over three months thanks to the latest mess in the Middle East. Higher prices at the gas pump seem sure to follow.
Las Vegas Review Journal
October 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.
Vegas Inc
September 19, 2016
ow are retail apparel businesses catering to the consumers who insist on paying as little as possible?

Articles Featuring Stephen P.A. Brown

Campus NewsFebruary 18, 2020
A collection of news stories capturing the excitement and accomplishments of UNLV at the start of a new decade.
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Campus NewsJune 25, 2015
Southern Nevada industries are expanding, unemployment is down sharply, and visitor volume is trending up, according to biannual economic report.
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Campus NewsJune 16, 2015
UNLV Center for Business and Economic Research biannual conference June 25 will address factors impacting economic growth.
Campus NewsDecember 8, 2014
Southern Nevada industries are growing, more people are working, and visitor volume could reach a new record, according to UNLV report.