Five members of Economics faculty smiling in conference room


The mission of the Economics Unit at the University of Nevada, Reno is to provide high quality education through our degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, undertake cutting-edge economics research, and assist public and private decision makers in practical ways. Consistent with our university's land-grant mission, we serve as a resource to the community through applied scholarship, outreach programs, and economic development. Examples include the University Center for Economic Development, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming.

Economics at the University of Nevada, Reno is an “idea place,” and seeks to become an increasingly creative and valuable resource as it conducts teaching, research, and service activities.

Through basic and applied research, the unit's faculty members create and develop ideas that push the frontier of knowledge and assist public and private decision makers in practical ways. Through service to the community and the economics profession, the unit seeks to be a “go-to place” for creative and practical ideas.

Current students are encouraged to get regular advising, participate in the Economics club to become more connected with the faculty and other students, and to learn more about the variety of doors further opened with economics training.

Economics News

Updated 5/2018
  • Professor Kim Rollins was awarded a multi-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)/Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)/ Water for Agriculture competitive grant program.
  • Professor Frank Fossen received $34,500 grant from the Kauffman Foundation for a project on artificial intelligence and entrepreneurship.
  • Professor Mehmet Tosun received the Global Engagement Award from the University of Nevada, Reno.
  • Professor Frank Fossen received the Graduate Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from the College of Business.
  • Professor Shunfeng Song received the Dean's Researcher of the Year Award from the College of Business.
  • Professor Michael Taylor has on-going external collaborations with personnel at Truckee Meadows Water Authority, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Las Vegas Valley Water District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Division of Forestry, Nevada Department of Agriculture, Nevada Department of Wildlife, and the Nevada Association of Conservation Districts.
  • Professor Mehmet Tosun's paper "Assessing Activist Fiscal Policy in Advanced and Emerging Market Economies using Real-Time Data," is now forthcoming at Oxford Economic Papers.
  • Professor Dilek Uz published her paper "Energy Efficiency Investments in Small and Medium Sized Manufacturing Firms: The Case of California Energy Crisis," in Energy Economics which is one of the top field journals in energy economics.
  • Professor Ted Oleson received a teaching award by the College of Business this Spring. The award is for being the Best Instructor in a Large Course in Fall 2017.
  • Professor Sankar Mukhopadhyay's article entitled "Marriage Markets as Explanation of Why Heavier People Work More Hours," was featured in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on December 10, 2017.