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Department of Economics News

Economics studies how to allocate scarce resources to meet unlimited wants. A blend of theory and applied quantitative and analytical skills, a degree in economics prepares students for jobs in businesses, financial firms, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations and for advanced degrees in business, economics, law, public administration, and other social sciences.

Current Economics News

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Campus News | May 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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Campus News | March 3, 2022

As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to escalate, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

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Business and Community | December 28, 2021

A yearlong collection of headlines featuring innovative ideas, discoveries, and partnerships to move Southern Nevada forward.

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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 | December 8, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring research and accomplishment at UNLV.

Economics In The News

Nevada Independent
May 27, 2022

Over two years into the pandemic and its recovery, we now face an entirely new set of facts in the macroeconomy as we face a cooling economy and possibly another recession. Previously, loose monetary and expansionary fiscal policies saved the day for many people. The support for government programs to aid unemployed workers and small businesses proved essential during the recovery process. But, now, policy makers must evaluate a completely changed situation. Labor markets are overheating and employers find it difficult to hire needed workers. Moreover, the inflation dragon, which had been chained up for decades, is on the loose and creating anxiety for consumers, workers, and financial markets.

Nevada Independent
May 27, 2022

Over two years into the pandemic and its recovery, we now face an entirely new set of facts in the macroeconomy as we face a cooling economy and possibly another recession. Previously, loose monetary and expansionary fiscal policies saved the day for many people. The support for government programs to aid unemployed workers and small businesses proved essential during the recovery process. But, now, policy makers must evaluate a completely changed situation. Labor markets are overheating and employers find it difficult to hire needed workers. Moreover, the inflation dragon, which had been chained up for decades, is on the loose and creating anxiety for consumers, workers, and financial markets.

KSNV-TV: News 3
April 28, 2022

With recent dire warnings of a recession from major banking institutions like Deutsche Bank and Bank of America, Las Vegas could feel the impact of a downturn on a larger scale than other metropolitan areas with more diversified economies.

Voice of America
April 26, 2022

The high inflation rate and the disproportionate increase in property prices could trigger a new mortgage bubble in the United States, according to some sectors. Adriana Arevalo has the report.

Carson Now
April 25, 2022

Inflation was top of mind for economists and housing experts on Wednesday, as they shared their predictions for the future of the national and Southern Nevada economy at an event hosted by the UNLV Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER).

Las Vegas Sun
April 21, 2022

Las Vegas visitor volume has steadily increased since the pandemic lows of early 2020, but economic researchers from UNLV predict tourist activity will dip next year.

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Recent Economics Accomplishments

May 26, 2022
Nicholas Irwin (Economics) and co-author David Wolf of Kobe University, Japan, recently published an article, "Time is Money: Water Quality's Impact on Home Liquidity and Property Values" in Ecological Economics. The paper explores home liquidity — how quickly a home sells after listing — in the context of environmental valuation, an oft-…
May 9, 2022
Vivek Sah and Shawn McCoy (both Economics), along with their co-author Luis Lopez from University of Illinois, Chicago have had their paper, "Steering Consumers to Lenders in Residential Real Estate Markets" accepted at Real Estate Economics, the top real estate journal with an impact factor of 3.41. The journal is recognized as "A-" in the Lee…
May 4, 2022
Emir Malikov (Economics), together with his former doctoral advisee, Jingfang Zhang who is currently at the University of Kentucky, co-authored an article, "Off-Balance Sheet Activities and Scope Economies in U.S. Banking," that has been accepted at the Journal of Banking & Finance, an A-level journal on the Lee Business School journal list.…
May 2, 2022
Giorgio Canarella (Economics) is co-author of a paper, "Topology Identification in Distribution System via Machine Learning Algorithms," that appears in Plos One. This paper contributes to the literature on topology identification (TI) in distribution networks and, in particular, on change detection in switching devices’ status. The lack of…
April 6, 2022
Olivia Cheche (Political Science, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute), Peter Grema (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute), Blanca Peña (Criminal Justice), and Nicole Thomas (Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education) co-wrote a recent Op-Ed titled, "Students, Taxpayers Once Again Robbed by Higher…
April 4, 2022
Giorgio Canarella and Stephen M. Miller (both Economics and Center for Business and Economic Research) published "Globalization, Long Memory, and Real Interest Rate Convergence: A Historical Perspective," with Luis A. Gil-Alana (University of Navarra) and Rangan Gupta (University of Pretoria) in Empirical Economics, 2022. This paper investigates…