Accomplishments: Brookings Mountain West

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 recomendations to Nevada policymakers. One recommendation Gilbertson provides is to carve out a percentage of revenue generated by the tax to return directly back to...
September 2, 2021
Brookings Mountain West recently published, "The Great Student Swap," a higher education policy brief authored by Brookings Institution Economic Studies colleagues Aaron Klein and Ariel Gelrud Shiro. This policy brief explores trends in student body compositions, tuition costs, and appropriations for state schools across the country, focusing on public flagship universities.  Public flagship universities are engaged in a “Great Student Swap,” admitting more out-of-state students and relatively...
August 11, 2021
Brookings Mountain West recently published a housing policy brief authored by colleagues from the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. The policy brief titled, "How Did Homelessness Change During the Great Recession and Recovery?" examines changes in homelessness rates from 2007 to 2020 within Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Riverside (metro areas that were particularly hard-hit by the foreclosure crisis) to gain some insight into how homelessness changes over...
August 6, 2021
Saha Salahi (Communication Studies, Brookings Mountain West, and The Lincy Institute) was named the inaugural Nevada recipient of the John Lewis Youth Leadership Award by Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske in a recent press release. The John Lewis Youth Leadership Award was established in 2021 by the National Association of Secretaries of State to honor the late Congressman John Lewis and his long tenure of public service and accomplishments in civil rights. Salahi is an undergraduate in...
July 21, 2021
Brookings Mountain West recently published two policy briefs authored by colleagues from the Brookings Institution. The first, titled "Improving K-12 Education for Hispanic Students in Las Vegas and Beyond" explores the racial and ethnic achievement gaps, including teacher diversity, for Hispanic students within the Clark County School District. The second, titled "'You Never Know' Work and Precarity in Las Vegas Before and During COVID-19" examines work and work-based policy issues facing...
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 14, 2021
Olivia Cheche (Political Science, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) recently had a paper published in the Governance: The Political Science Journal at UNLV. Her paper, "Calls for Accountability: Redefining the Culture of Policing in Las Vegas" explores the culture of policing in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, specifically within the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, to examine the racial, social, and fiscal aspects between the years 2016 and 2020.
May 12, 2021
Madison Frazee (Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute, Political Science) and Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute, School of Public Policy and Leadership) recently were awarded Best Lightning Talk and Best Podium Presentation, respectively, in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences discipline for their research presented in the office of undergraduate research (OUR) 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Frazee presented research...
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 6, 2021
Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute are in charge of The Data Hub, a collaborative project that now contains more than 100 Fact Sheets and interactive resources prepared by faculty, staff, and student researchers. Launched in early 2020, The Data Hub is a resource for current and historical public policy data on Las Vegas, Nevada, and the Mountain West region. The Data Hub provides researchers, students, faculty, policymakers, legislators, and the public with electronic access to...
April 13, 2021
Olivia Cheche (Political Science) and Peter Grema (Economics) presented their research at the 2021 Western Regional Honors Council Virtual Conference, last week. Cheche's research on "The Culture of Policing in Las Vegas" presents national and local data on disparities related to the racial, social, and fiscal aspects within the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's current culture of policing. Grema presented research on "Venture Capital in Nevada," focusing on the market value of...