Dr. Nicholas Irwin

( University of Nevada, Las Vegas )


(702) 895-5707
  • Institution:University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Departments: economics
  • Research Fields: Environmental Economics, Urban Economics, Real Estate, Hedonics, Cost Benefit Analysis, Applied Econometrics
  • Disciplines: Economics, Social Sciences
  • Funding:NSF - National Science Foundation, USFS - U.S. Forest Service


I have been a mentor for undergraduate students at UNLV and while a post-doc at Ohio State. I am also a mentor for graduate students as part of the Western Regional Science Association and for young faculty members as part of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.


I am an applied microeconomist by training with an emphasis in environmental economics, urban economics, and real estate. The overarching goal of my research is understanding how individual and household choices affect economic outcomes along two distinct veins. The first explores the decision-making of homeowners and their choice to make housing investments in response to neighborhood spillovers or modify their household resource utilization. The second explores individual responses to information shocks related to environmental hazards or changes in public goods. In this area, my research incorporates novel components of housing market dynamics into traditional hedonic analysis which, if ignored, will lead to a consistent underestimation of the true impact of pollution or changes to amenities. I am also interested in supply-side housing market response to environmental hazards, an oft-ignored topic despite its economic importance.