Areas of Expertise
- Benjamin A. Jones is an assistant professor in the UNM Economics Department. His work is in environmental and resource economics with a focus on the environment-human health nexus.
- He has published over 35 peer-reviewed papers spanning environmental economics, including in the top field journals of Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.
- Jones primarily works on the economic costs of wildfire smoke exposure, the benefits of urban forests and trees, and on the environmental costs and impacts of cryptocurrency mining (e.g., Bitcoin mining).
- Applications of his work include invasive species, afforestation and deforestation impacts, wildfire smoke, water quality and availability, and energy resources.
- His work has been featured on the BBC World News, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, and CBS News, among other outlets.
- Jones earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from The University of New Mexico and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin.
Additional Areas of Interest
Cryptocurrency environmental impact, climate costs of Bitcoin, wildfire smoke economic costs, benefits of urban forests and trees
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