UNM Economics Department hosts New Mexico Economics Research Day – UNM Newsroom

by | Sep 1, 2022 | Financial

The University of New Mexico’s Department of Economics recently hosted its first-ever New Mexico Economics Research Day highlighted by the presentation of four policy projects related to the well-being of the New Mexico state economy.

The conference was made possible in part through the support of the New Mexico Legislature which allocated $125,000 last spring as part of the 2022 SB 377, Junior Appropriations bill, to conduct New Mexico-centric economics research. From the appropriation, the Economics Department funded four policy projects which were presented as part of the research day.  

“This New Mexico Economics Research Day is our attempt to more broadly distribute this research across campus and to New Mexico policymakers,” said Research Committee Chair and Professor Brady Horn, who coordinated the conference for the economics department.

The four policy projects designed to enable New Mexico-centric economics research from the appropriation received from the New Mexico State Legislature include:

New Mexico Prekindergarten and its Short-Term Effects on County-Level Female Employment and Child Maltreatment
Associate Professor Kira Villa is leading this research effort which is part of a larger project evaluating the association between New Mexico’s early childhood programs and county-level economic, educational, and child well-being. Villa, and her team including Ph.D. candidates Abhradeep Karmakar and Kritika Sen, are examining the near-term association …

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