Accomplishments: Department of Economics

September 28, 2021
Katelin Gilbertson (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) recently had her Op-Ed, "Microchip manufacturing could boost Nevada economy" published in the Nevada Independent. Gilberton discusses how the expanding global microchip shortage presents a premier opportunity to augment Nevada’s strong economic diversification efforts.
September 15, 2021
Katelin Gilbertson (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) recently had her research on The Future of the Live Entertainment Tax in Southern Nevada published in the UNLV Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal. Gilbertson's research examines the history and current state of the Live Entertainment Tax to propose recommendations to Nevada policymakers. One recommendation Gilbertson provides is to carve out a percentage of revenue generated by the tax to return directly back to...
June 25, 2021
Emir Malikov (Economics), together with Shunan Zhao of the Oakland University, Michigan, coauthored an article, "On the Estimation of Cross-Firm Productivity Spillovers with an Application to FDI," that has been accepted at the Review of Economics and Statistics. In the paper, the authors develop a novel methodology for the robust measurement of firm productivity in the presence of productivity-modifying learning and spillovers which facilitates a unified "internally consistent" analysis of the...
June 24, 2021
Nicholas Irwin, Shawn McCoy, and Ian McDonough (all Economics) recently published an article, "Water in the Time of Corona(virus): The Effect of Stay-at-Home Orders on Water Demand in the Desert" in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, an A-level journal on the Lee Business School journal list. In the article, the authors found the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated stay-at-home order led to drastic decreases in commercial water usage and significant increases in residential...
June 23, 2021
Stephen M. Miller (Economics and Center for Business and Economic Research), along with Zhilan Feng of Clarkson University, and Dogan Tirtiroglu of Ryerson University published "U.S. REIT Industry Profitability: A Bennet Decomposition of Industry Dynamics" in International Journal of Strategic Property Management. This paper considers the aggregate profitability performance of the REIT industry. The aggregate performance depends on the underlying microeconomic dynamics within an industry — the...
June 22, 2021
Peter Grema (Economics, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute, Honors College) was recently featured in the UNLV Libraries Special Collections & Archives Researcher Profile series discussing his research of the Clark County Economic Opportunity Board (EOB) for a History of Las Vegas class. Grema is an undergraduate.
June 1, 2021
Nicholas Irwin (Economics) and co-author Mitchell Livy of California State University, Fullerton, recently published an article, "Price and Liquidity Dynamics for Single and Multi-Family Homes during Housing Market Shocks" in The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. The paper explores the heterogeneous responses of different housing types within a single city during the housing market bust and recovery.
May 11, 2021
Makayla Palmer (Economics) and co-authors Mireille Jacobson, and Susan Enguidanos had their paper, “Advance Care Planning For Medicare Beneficiaries Increased Substantially, But Prevalence Remained Low,” featured in the Health Affairs’ April Issue: Access, ACA Spending, & More. The authors note that despite low advance care planning prevalence, the steady growth in outpatient visits with advance care planning claims indicates room for continued growth in these claims both at and apart...
May 11, 2021
Katelin Gilbertson (The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, Economics) recently had her OpEd, "Nevada’s Broken Unemployment System Must be Fixed — Now," published in the Las Vegas Sun. Gilbertson discusses the need for Nevada to craft concrete solutions to address the failures of the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation's economic relief system, and proposes the use of American Recovery Plan funds to create a successful system similar to that of Massachusetts or...
May 10, 2021
Mary Blankenship (The Lincy Institute, Brookings Mountain West, Economics, Chemistry) recently had a report published in the Brookings Institution blog, Up Front. The piece, Assessing the Social and Emotional Costs of Mass Shootings with Twitter Data, analyzes emoji and hashtag usage on Twitter after mass shootings and finds that society is increasingly angered by gun violence.
May 10, 2021
Jeff Waddoups (Economics) won the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) 2021 Susan C. Eaton Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner Award. The Eaton award is given annually to a member of LERA for achievements of distinction as both an academic and practitioner in the field of economics. Waddoups was selected because of his scholarship in the areas of labor economics and industrial relations. Specifically, he has published widely on such topics as collective bargaining in...
April 15, 2021
Hans Rawhouser (Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology) and Ian McDonough (Economics) published a paper with Chris Sutter (Miami), "Venture Acceleration and Entrepreneurial Growth in Central America," about accelerators supporting entrepreneurs in the most recent issue of the Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship. Using 24 months of pre- and post-intervention sales data from 139 ventures in a business accelerator in Central America, they found that facilitating resource acquisition was...