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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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Research | October 6, 2020

Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute student researchers embrace remote learning and engage in public policy research to benefit UNLV and the region.

Portrait of Ian McDonough economics professor at Lee Business School
People | June 22, 2020

Ian McDonough was a skateboarding, hockey-loving aspiring veterinarian until one international economics class changed his path and his life forever.

Campus News | May 20, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting the staff and students of UNLV who exemplify what it means to be a Rebel, even from home.

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Athletics | May 6, 2020

With seasons derailed by the coronavirus, spring athletes take matters into their own hands to stay ready for whenever competition resumes.

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Business and Community | April 21, 2020

Stephen Miller, director of UNLV's Center for Business and Economic Research, answers tough questions about what is in store for Southern Nevada in the coming months.

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Campus News | March 5, 2020

A collection of news stories from February highlighting the people and research of UNLV.

Economics In The News

Vegas Inc
October 28, 2020

Las Vegas is home to the most financially stressed population in America because of the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic, according to a report released this week.

The Simple Dollar
October 26, 2020

The COVID-19 recession is now hardly impacting employment for high-wage workers, while job losses continue for low-wage workers — according to new labor data from the Opportunity Insights economic tracker. Employment rates are nearly back to pre-pandemic levels for salaries over $60,000 per year, while employment for workers who earn under $27,000 is down 19% compared to January.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 16, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the valley’s casino-heavy economy, but there are still “help wanted” signs to be found.

October 5, 2020

Gross Gaming Revenue (GGR) in the locals’ casino region near Las Vegas jumped 10 percent in August compared to the month in 2019, according to recently released data.

October 5, 2020

The coronavirus contagion continues to take a toll on the economy — but the effects vary widely by state and region. In August, Nevada and Hawaii suffered the most from COVID-19, according to the Bankrate Housing Hardship Index.

CBS Austin
September 11, 2020

The aviation industry has been among those hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic, but federal assistance has so far enabled most airlines to avoid widespread layoffs. With that protection nearing its end, executives and labor leaders are pressing Congress to approve more aid, but it is not yet clear if further help is coming.

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Recent Economics Accomplishments

October 20, 2020
Eshaan Vakil (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute) and Katelin Gilbertson (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, and The Lincy Institute) recently co-authored, “Feds Aren’t Protecting You From Tech Giants,” published in the Nevada Current. Their story highlights the need for the Nevada Legislature to step up and follow in the footsteps...
October 9, 2020
Emir Malikov (Economics), together with Ruiqing Miao and Jingfang Zhang, both of Auburn University, coauthored an article, "Distributional and Temporal Heterogeneity in the Climate Change Effects on U.S. Agriculture," that has been accepted at the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. The paper provides new empirical evidence about ...
August 5, 2020
Ian McDonough (Economics) has been awarded the S.J. Hall Faculty Fellowship. Awarded to tenured professors in the department of economics, the fellowship provides incentive for continuing research productivity and teaching performance. The fellowship is funded in the memory of Sherwood James Hall, a successful lumber entrepreneur who sought to...
July 13, 2020
Mary Blankenship (Chemistry and Economics) recently co-authored "From the George Floyd Moment to a Black Lives Matter Movement, in Tweets" with Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution. They analyzed protest-related tweets between May 27 and June 4 to display the development of the Black Lives Matter movement. Blankenship is pursuing a double...
July 8, 2020
Mary Blankenship (Chemistry and Economics) co-authored "How Misinformation Spreads on Twitter" with Carol Graham, Brookings Institution Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow. The pair discuss that while social media has many advantages, information pollution is prevalent and in some cases "generate[s] more engagement than factually reliable news." To...
June 16, 2020
Vanessa Booth (Political Science),  Peter Grema (Economics), and Mary Blankenship (Chemistry and Economics) each received the Office of Undergraduate Research Summer Undergraduate Research Funding Scholarship for Summer 2020. With this funding, these students can continue their research on important public policy issues and scientific studies.