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Department of Economics News

The Department of Economics prepares students to be economist who allocate scarce resources to meet unlimited wants. By blending theory and applied quantitative and analytical skills, our graduates acquire essential skills for pursing jobs in businesses, financial firms, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. We also offer advanced degrees in business, economics, law, public administration, and other social services.

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News highlights starring UNLV students and faculty who made local and national headlines.

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Team Protégé wins Shark Tank-style competition for AI-powered speech feedback app.

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A roundup of the top news stories featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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As the nation's most-watched sports entertainment event rolls into town, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

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Economics In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal

Investor purchases are on the rise again, and the Las Vegas Valley has seen one of the biggest upticks in the country, according to Redfin.

Daily Mail

Red Lobster has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection days after shuttering nearly 100 restaurants across America. The seafood chain, which has closed restaurants in 27 states, has been struggling with rising lease and labor costs in recent years and also promotions like its iconic all-you-can-eat shrimp deal that backfired.

Los Angeles Times

Red Lobster promised customers an endless supply of shrimp for $20 — a gamble the struggling restaurant chain hoped would help pull it out of its pandemic doldrums. But Americans, and their appetites, had other plans.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now

As the real estate market squeezes out potential home buyers in Southern Nevada, many are facing a greater challenge, true affordable housing. There’s a concerning shortage that continues to expand.

New York Post

In most presidential election years, home prices aren’t a key issue for voters or a major campaign talking point. Consider it another way in which the 2024 election is anything but typical. With mortgage rates up and home prices out of reach for many first-time buyers, the affordability crisis is increasingly in the spotlight as campaign season heats up.

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Condo and townhome prices in Southern Nevada reached an all-time high in April 2024. Single-family homes have priced many out of the market as well. Experts said the cost is driven up by a myriad of things including low inventory and cash investors.

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Recent Economics Accomplishments

Jennifer Vanderlaan (Nursing), Jay Shen (Public Health), and Ian K. McDonough (Economics) published their article, "Validation of a measure of hospital maternal level of care for the United States."
Stephen M. Miller (Economics; Center for Business and Economic Research) presented the outlook for the Southern Nevada economy to the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino. The presentation was followed by a Q&A.
Stephen M. Miller (Economics; Center for Business and Economic Research) published “Estimating U.S. housing price network connectedness: Evidence from dynamic Elastic Net, Lasso, and ridge vector autoregressive models" in the International Review of Economics and Finance with David Gabauer, Academy of Data Science in Finance, Vienna, Austria and…
Nicholas Irwin (Economics) and co-author David Wolf of Kobe University, Japan, recently published an article, "Is it really bridging the gap? Fiber internet's impact on housing values and homebuyer demographics," in The Journal of Regional Science, the pre-eminent journal in regional and urban economics. The paper examines the…
Nicholas Irwin (Economics) was recently interviewed by 8 News Now (CBS-Las Vegas) as part of a news story about the upcoming sports and entertainment events in Las Vegas.
Bradley Wimmer (Economics) recently published an infrastructure policy brief with The Lincy Institute titled, "Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment in Nevada." His report explores how Nevada can benefit the most from the 2021 Infrastructure Investment Bill and American Jobs Act's Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) program…