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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 | November 29, 2022

With a rich store of lithium in our lands, the state has a chance to capitalize on the ever-growing demand for clean energy. Here’s how we can ensure this boom doesn’t go bust.

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Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

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People | August 29, 2022

Inspired by UNLV's diverse student body, two-time alumnus drawn back to mentor the next generation of Rebels.

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Research | August 12, 2022

Annual report from UNLV’s Center for Business and Economic Research predicts 3.39 million local residents by 2060.

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Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

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People | July 14, 2022

The administrative assistant in decision support stands out for her unflappable charm and ability to tackle challenges.

Economics In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 23, 2022

Nevada had one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation in October amid a tight labor market and a shifting labor landscape, but local economists say not to sound the alarm.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
November 22, 2022

The holiday rush is about to begin however many retailers are still looking for help.

Casino.org
November 21, 2022

Las Vegas is one of the most popular US destinations for Thanksgiving holiday travel, the AAA recently reported. It only ranks after Disneyworld and Disneyland.

Nevada Independent
November 21, 2022

In recent months, markers of the current economic conditions have grown impossible to miss — “now hiring” signs fill storefront windows, hours may be abbreviated at your favorite restaurants and commercials advertise special discounts in the face of inflation.

Finnish Broadcasting Company
November 21, 2022

Nevada is one of four states that can decide who gets power in Congress.

Finnish Broadcasting Company
November 21, 2022

The economy is one of the most important electoral issues in the mid-term elections in the United States, which take place on Tuesday. This applies especially to the states that were hit hardest when the corona pandemic hit, including Nevada.

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Recent Economics Accomplishments

November 21, 2022
Nicholas Irwin (Economics) was interviewed by Telemundo-Las Vegas multiple times this fall, discussing inflation, affordable housing, and water usage.
November 15, 2022
Nicholas Irwin (Economics) was recently interviewed by 8 News Now (KLAS-TV) for a news story about rising interest rates in the Las Vegas housing market.
October 11, 2022
Stephen M. Miller (Center for Business and Economic Research, Economics) published an article, “Does real interest rate parity really work? Historical evidence from a discrete wavelet perspective,’ with Mahdi Ghaemi Asl, Kharazmi University; Giorgio Canarella, California State University Los Angeles; and Hamid Reza Tavakkoli, Imam Sadiq University…
July 20, 2022
Mary Blankenship (The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, Economics, Chemistry) recently had her research on Twitter posts featured in a Las Vegas Review-Journal story and on a City Cast Las Vegas podcast episode. She collects and studies varying public responses on Twitter that occur after a mass shooting. After reviewing tweets responding…
July 4, 2022
Mary Blankenship (The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, Economics, Chemistry) recently had part one of a two-part report published in the Brookings Institution blog, Africa in Focus. The piece, "Russia’s Narratives about its Invasion of Ukraine are Lingering in Africa," analyzes Twitter data to examine the broader Russian narratives that…
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-…