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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 | December 8, 2021

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

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Business and Community | November 9, 2021

After a devastating hit to the local economy in 2020 and rapid growth in 2021, UNLV economists forecast a bright future - if pandemic conditions continue to improve.

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Campus News | November 4, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring stargazing and change at UNLV.

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Business and Community | October 14, 2021

Nov. 9 event to provide economic forecast for 2022 along with in-depth analysis about what’s to come for Southern Nevada.

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People | September 16, 2021

UNLV undergrad Mary Blankenship blends public policy, science, and economics into a cocktail for successful global change.

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Campus News | September 7, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.

Economics In The News

KSNV-TV: News 3
January 10, 2022

UNLV Economics Professor Stephen Miller says it shows a shift in the market.

Newsweek
December 27, 2021

KFC was slammed on TikTok after touting an $11 per hour supervisor job at a Las Vegas drive-thru window amid a national labor shortage and a debate about minimum wage.

The Nevada Independent
December 13, 2021

Certainly, anyone who recently filled up a gas tank (up 49.6 percent from a year ago), bought a Thanksgiving turkey (up 24 percent), or did a little holiday shopping this past month (up 5 to 17 percent) is feeling the pinch of rapidly rising prices.

The Nevada Independent
December 13, 2021

Certainly, anyone who recently filled up a gas tank (up 49.6 percent from a year ago), bought a Thanksgiving turkey (up 24 percent), or did a little holiday shopping this past month (up 5 to 17 percent) is feeling the pinch of rapidly rising prices.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
December 9, 2021

Small business owners around the valley continue to face hiring problems after being closed for a time due to the pandemic.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
December 8, 2021

Staffing issues just aren’t getting any better for some small business owners in the valley.

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Recent Economics Accomplishments

November 16, 2021
Emir Malikov (Economics), together with Jingfang Zhang of Auburn University, Shunan Zhao of Oakland University and Subal Kumbhakar of Binghamton University, coauthored an article, "Accounting for Cross-Location Technological Heterogeneity in the Measurement of Operations Efficiency and Productivity," that has been accepted at the Journal of…
September 28, 2021
Katelin Gilbertson (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) recently had her Op-Ed, "Microchip manufacturing could boost Nevada economy" published in the Nevada Independent. Gilberton discusses how the expanding global microchip shortage presents a premier opportunity to augment Nevada’s strong economic diversification efforts.
September 15, 2021
Katelin Gilbertson (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) recently had her research on The Future of the Live Entertainment Tax in Southern Nevada published in the UNLV Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal. Gilbertson's research examines the history and current state of the Live Entertainment Tax to propose recommendations to…
June 25, 2021
Emir Malikov (Economics), together with Shunan Zhao of the Oakland University, Michigan, coauthored an article, "On the Estimation of Cross-Firm Productivity Spillovers with an Application to FDI," that has been accepted at the Review of Economics and Statistics. In the paper, the authors develop a novel methodology for the robust measurement of…
June 24, 2021
Nicholas Irwin, Shawn McCoy, and Ian McDonough (all Economics) recently published an article, "Water in the Time of Corona(virus): The Effect of Stay-at-Home Orders on Water Demand in the Desert" in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, an A-level journal on the Lee Business School journal list. In the article, the authors found …
June 23, 2021
Stephen M. Miller (Economics and Center for Business and Economic Research), along with Zhilan Feng of Clarkson University, and Dogan Tirtiroglu of Ryerson University published "U.S. REIT Industry Profitability: A Bennet Decomposition of Industry Dynamics" in International Journal of Strategic Property Management. This paper considers the…