Accomplishments: Department of Economics

November 20, 2020
Giorgio Canarella and Stephen M. Miller (Economics) published their paper "Does U.K.’s Real GDP Have a Unit Root? Evidence from a Multi-Century Perspective" in Applied Economics with co-authors Rangan Gupta, University of Pretoria, and Tolga Omay, Atilim University. A recent nonlinear unit-root test as well as other linear and nonlinear tests examine the stationarity of five multi-century historical United Kingdom series of real output compiled by the Bank of England. Three series span 1270 to...
November 18, 2020
Peter Grema (Economics, Real Estate, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute, Honors College) and Kristian Thymianos (Political Science, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) recently had their OpEd, "To Our CCSD Educators, Here’s a Note of Appreciation and Support" published in the Las Vegas Sun. They applaud CCSD teachers and school administrators for their commitment to student success throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Their piece also brings attention to the fact that "a one-...
November 16, 2020
Giorgio Canarella and Stephen M. Miller both (Economics and Center for Business and Economic Research) published their paper, "Long-Memory Modeling and Forecasting: Evidence from the U.S. Historical Series of Inflation" in Studies in Nonlinear Dynamics and Econometrics with coauthors Heni Boubaker, Rabat Business School, and Rangan Gupta, University of Pretoria. This paper reports the results of applying several long-memory models to the historical monthly U.S. inflation rate series and...
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 of states such as California that are implementing tech reform initiatives across the state. They discuss the severe threats the monopolistic tech...
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 the costs of climate change for future crop productivity in the United States.
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 fund educational efforts in Las Vegas that would enhance community understanding of the principles of economics. S.J. Hall Faculty Fellowships will be...
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 major in chemistry and economics, and recently completed a minor in Brookings public policy.
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 illustrate this, Blankenship and Graham refer to their Twitter research on mass shootings where they extract data, such as hashtags and emojis, and analyze...
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. 
June 16, 2020
Mary Blankenship (Chemistry and Economics) recently had an Op-Ed published in the Las Vegas Sun titled, "In an age of misinformation, fact-checking must be encouraged." In her piece, Blankenship discusses how "the pervasiveness of misinformation on social media makes it one of the great challenges of the 21st century." Blankenship is pursuing a double major in chemistry and economics, and recently completed a minor in Brookings public policy.
June 9, 2020
Ian McDonough (Economics) has been selected to receive the Outstanding Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy Article Award for "Criminal Incarceration, Statutory Bans on Food Assistance, and Food Security in Extremely Vulnerable Households: Findings from a Partnership with the North Texas Food Bank." McDonough and co-author Daniel Millimet from Southern Methodist University will be recognized at the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Awards & Fellows Recognition Ceremony...
June 3, 2020
Ian McDonough (Economics) and co-author Daniel Millimet of Southern Methodist University were awarded the Outstanding Article Award for their 2019 publication in Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy. The award-winning article, "Criminal Incarceration, Statutory Bans on Food Assistance, and Food Security in Extremely Vulnerable Households: Findings from a Partnership with the North Texas Food Bank," leverages a unique survey dataset to explore the linkages between incarceration and...