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Campus News | December 17, 2019

UNLV president Marta Meana will highlight four graduating students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the Class of 2019.

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People | December 11, 2019

With a focus on "clean-beauty" products, 2009 alums Vontoba and Psyche Terry find their shelf space in the crowded skincare market.

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People | May 15, 2019

UNLV president will highlight exceptional students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

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Campus News | May 8, 2019

Undergraduates Michael Schwob and Dylan Wallace among just 496 nationwide to earn the prestigious honor.

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People | April 8, 2019

From UNLV Magazine spring 2019 issue.

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People | March 15, 2019

Bruce Layne spent decades attending, teaching, and advocating for his alma mater. Now he's memorialized by Rebel baseball.

Economics In The News

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.

December 17, 2019

According to the Insurance Information Institute, 90% of wildfires in the United States are caused by people, and the remaining 10% are caused by lightning strikes or lava.

Las Vegas Business Press
December 4, 2019

A UNLV economics professor predicted the national economy will continue its slowdown in 2020 and 2021 and that should trickle down to the gaming and hospitality industry in Las Vegas that he said is surprisingly soft given record passenger numbers traveling through McCarran International Airport.

October 18, 2019

Growth in the global economy is stalling. Trade tension with China is at an all-time high. So is a recession near? Many economists say yes.

Journalist's Resource
September 19, 2019

The gap between economic theory and practice is sometimes cavernous. According to one theory, developed financial markets and access to lenders should make it easier for people to borrow money, become entrepreneurs and move to higher income brackets. But new research in the Journal of Policy Modeling finds that, in practice in the U.S., income inequality increases as financial markets develop.

Las Vegas Review Journal
September 10, 2019

Southern Nevada has roughly $26.1 billion worth of major construction projects in the pipeline — a sign, experts say, of a booming economy.

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Recent Economics Accomplishments

January 21, 2020
Ian McDonough (Economics) recently presented his research on racial/ethnic disparities in food security to the Nevada Governor's Council on Food Security. He discussed the well-documented gaps in food security rates between non-Hispanic white households and minority households both nationally and in Nevada and his recently published work on racial...
December 4, 2019
Stephen M. Miller (Center for Business and Economic Research) published a paper, "U.S. Fiscal Policy and Asset Prices: The Role of Partisan Conflict," in the December issue of the International Review of Finance with  Rangan Gupta, University of Pretoria; Chi Keung Marco Lau, University of Huddersfield; and Mark E. Wohar, University of Nebraska,...
November 8, 2019
Mary Blankenship (Chemistry and Economics) recently was featured as a guest columnist in the Las Vegas Sun. In her piece, Blankenship discusses what Nevada can do to incentivize renewable energy. The piece was originally published Oct. 26. She is an undergraduate student pursuing two majors, chemistry and economics. She also is a Brookings public...
November 6, 2019
Nicholas B. Irwin (Economics) has co-authored two chapters that appeared in a new book, Science for the Sustainable City: Empirical Insights from the Baltimore School of Urban Ecology which synthesizes 20 years of research in the greater Baltimore region as part of long-running National Science Foundation Long-Term Ecological Research network that...
October 29, 2019
Pearl Kim, Betty Burston, Jay Shen (all Health Care Administration and Policy), Wenlian Zhou, Marcia Ditmyer (both Dental School), Shawn McCoy, and Ian McDonough (both Economics) recently published a paper, "Factors Associated with Preventable Emergency Department Visits for Nontraumatic Dental Conditions in the U.S." in the International Journal...
September 30, 2019
Monserrath Hernández (Journalism and Media Studies), Maribel Estrada Calderón (History), Marcela Rodriguez-Campo (Teaching and Learning), Elsa Lopez (Education), Laurents Bañuelos-Benitez (Education), Rodrigo Vazquez (Economics), and Nathalie Martinez (Honors) were each recently awarded a student scholarship from the city of Las Vegas and the...