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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 | January 5, 2021

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV experts and their analysis of all things politics in 2020.

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Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.

Campus News | December 10, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting the election, COVID-19, and scientific discovery at UNLV.

People | November 12, 2020

First-generation alumnus learned to navigate his way to a degree by continually asking questions.

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People | November 9, 2020

Kiara Sims is one first-gen student who is making the donors who support her education — and her mother — proud.

Campus News | November 5, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s commitment to community, health care, and research.

Economics In The News

January 26, 2021

Nevada’s economy must expand beyond its gaming industry reliance and add other types of industries, two economists said. Their prescription comes in response to a recent call by Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) to diversify the industries in the state, given the coronavirus economic downturn.

January 21, 2021

Las Vegas continues to operate at a fraction of normal capacity, as vaccine deployment brings hope to end the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the January Vegas economic update; here is my Vegas economic report from December 2020, discussing the likelihood of a K-shaped recovery.

Voice of America
January 19, 2021

With unemployment rates through the roof, and a virus that still cannot be controlled, the recovery plan in the field of health and the economy are two of the first challenges that must be faced, decisively, by the president-elect, Joe Biden. From Las Vegas, Adriana Arévalo for the Voice of America with the information.

January 12, 2021

Nevada’s gaming floors, bars, and restaurants must keep in place the 25 percent occupancy limit for another 30 days due to coronavirus risk, Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) announced on Monday. But the move led experts to question its effectiveness and the impact on the economy.

January 8, 2021

MGM Resorts International has furloughed about 140 managers at its Las Vegas properties. That’s while it also is planning to hire 400 seasonal pool workers starting next month, according to local news reports.

January 5, 2021

Penn National Gaming is the latest US casino operator to lay off workers, with word this week that 159 employees are being let go at Henderson, Nevada’s M Resort Spa Casino.

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Recent Economics Accomplishments

January 13, 2021
Giorgio Canarella and Stephen M. Miller (both Economics & Center for Business and Economic Research) published their paper “Dynamic Asymmetric Optimal Portfolio Allocation between Energy Stocks and Energy Commodities: Evidence from Clean Energy and Oil and Gas Companies,” with Mahdi Ghaemi Asl, Kharazmi University, in Resources Policy. This...
January 12, 2021
Nicholas Irwin (Economics) and co-author Mitchell Livy of California State University, Fullerton, recently published an article, "Measuring Environmental (Dis)amenity Value during a Pandemic: Early Evidence from Maryland," in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. This paper examines the changing valuation of environmental ...
January 6, 2021
Katelin Gilbertson (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) recently had her OpEd, "Clark County deserves a bigger slice of pizza" published in the Las Vegas Sun. Gilbertson proposes a long term solution to the recovery of Las Vegas' most prominent industry, live entertainment. Her piece discusses how Clark County should receive...
January 5, 2021
Katelin Gilbertson (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) and Eshaan Vakil (Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) recently published an op-ed in the Nevada Current titled "Not an L, not a V, not a Nike swoosh: Nevada’s K-shaped recovery" Their piece discusses the difference in economic recovery between white-collar jobs ...
December 8, 2020
Katelin Gilbertson (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) was awarded the Best Lightning Talk Presentation Award in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences for her excellence in research during the fall 2020 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium, sponsored by the office of undergraduate research (OUR). Her research on The...
December 7, 2020
Mary Blankenship (Economics, Chemistry, Brookings Mountain West, The Liny Institute, Honors), was awarded the 2020 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award during the fall 2020 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium, sponsored by the office of undergraduate research (OUR). This award recognizes one outstanding UNLV undergraduate student for...