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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.

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Campus News | December 27, 2018

Student achievements including competition wins, a world record, and new innovations splashed local and national news headlines in 2018.

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Research | December 26, 2018

In 2018, faculty and students collaborated with one another and international colleagues on scientific exploration that sought to help people make sense of themselves and the world around them.

Economics In The News

KSNV-TV: News 3
June 25, 2019

While UNLV's student loan debt is among the lowest in the western United States, Senator Bernie Sanders' ambitious proposal to erase it from the books altogether is intriguing to some students.

Nevada Current
June 13, 2019

Even with Gov. Steve Sisolak signing legislation to increase the minimum wage and mandate that certain businesses provide paid sick leave, workers’ rights activists say the fight to improve the economic well-being of Nevadans is far from over.

Nevada Current
May 24, 2019

As state legislators consider a bill to raise the minimum wage, economists, activists and low-wage workers have found themselves wondering if the legislation goes far enough, and if Nevada Democrats are blowing their opportunity to help working families.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
March 19, 2019

Business is booming in Southern Nevada as Las Vegas sits among the top three metro areas for job creation in the country in January, according to a new report by Bloomberg. 

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
December 19, 2018

The job market will always become more competitive. Some wonder if a bachelors degree is enough or whether it makes sense to go for a higher degree.

Washington Post
December 12, 2018

California communities scramble to avoid becoming the next wildfire tragedy

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Recent Economics Accomplishments

August 15, 2019
Peter Grema (Honors College and Brookings Mountain West) recently was selected to present his summer internship research on "The Price of Legal Cannabis and Other Industry Policies" at the Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium earlier this month. Grema's research explores three distinct public policy areas wherein the legal U.S. cannabis...
August 15, 2019
Ember Smith (Economics and Brookings Mountain West) recently was selected to present her summer internship research on "Automation and Artificial Intelligence in Las Vegas" at the Summer 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium, which took place earlier this month. Smith's research draws on work by the McKinsey Global Institute and the Brookings...
August 7, 2019
Ashley Schobert (Law and Brookings Mountain West) recently wrote a report with Brookings Senior Fellow Richard Reeves titled "Elite or Elitist? Lessons for Colleges from Selective High Schools." In the report, the pair present data that show how selective high schools are racially unrepresentative of the districts they are located in, and discuss...
July 17, 2019
Nicholas B. Irwin (Economics) recently published a paper, "Keeping Up Appearances: Spatial Spillovers and Housing Renovations" in Papers in Regional Science. The paper models the extent of spatial spillovers in housing renovations and estimates the effect previously observed renovations by a neighbor have on a homeowner's likelihood to renovate in...
June 24, 2019
Mary Blankenship (Chemistry, Economics, and Brookings Mountain West) recently co-authored a brief featured on the Brookings Institution blog, the Brown Center Chalkboard. The piece discusses the shortage of STEM teachers and the wage penalties teachers face in STEM. The piece originally was published June 17. She is an undergradaute student...
June 17, 2019
Shawn J. McCoy and Nicholas B. Irwin (Economics) presented a paper at the Association of Environmental and Resources Economists 2019 Summer Conference. The paper, "Wildfire Risk, Salience and Housing Development in the Wildland-Urban Interface," examines the linkages between wildfire risk saliency and the rate of residential development in fire-...