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My name is Roberto Martínez Espiñeira and I am a Professor of Economics at Memorial University.  This is located in the very beautiful (if somewhat windy and rainy and foggy and...) Canadian city of St John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, which happens to also be the oldest city in North America. Before coming to MUN, I worked, from 2001 to 2009 at the Economics Department of St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

I was born in Lugo, a small town in Galicia, on the northwest of Spain. However, I spent six years studying (and walking under the rain mostly) in Santiago de Compostela, where I gained an Economics degree from the University of Santiago de Compostela.  Then I moved to the United Kingdom and got my MSc in Environmental Economics from the University of York's Environment Department in 1996-97.  I wrote my DPhil thesis (University of York 2001) on the Economics of Water Pricing, under the supervision of Jack Pezzey and Charles Perrings.

I am also the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Economics. 

Please send your enquiries by e-mail, not through phone. Thanks!


My research.

I did my thesis on issues related to the estimation of water demand and I still work on problems related to water demand and water pricing. I am also interested in the valuation of natural resources, the management of natural resources, and the estimation of demand functions for non-marketed goods and services. Some of the projects I am currently working on include the estimation of non-use values of wildlife species, the valuation of the benefits of Integrated Multi-trophic Aquaculture in salmon farming, and the reduction of the risk of moose-vehicle-collisions .

Recent publications:

A Contingent Valuation of the Biomitigation Benefits of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture in Canada”, with Thierry Chopin, Anthony Noce, Shawn Robinson, Winnie Yip, and Duncan Knowler, forthcoming in Aquaculture Economics and Management, Feb 2016.
"Responses to changes in domestic water tariff structures: a Latent Class Analysis on household-level data from Granada, Spain" with María Pérez-Urdiales and María A. García-Valiñas, Environmental & Resource Economics, 63(1), 167-191, January 2016
“An Analysis of the Price Escalation of Non-Linear Water Tariffs for Domestic Uses in Spain”, with Marta Suárez-Varela Maciá and Francisco González-Gómez, Utilities Policy, Special Issue on Redesigning Water Tariffs: Experiences and Reforms, 34, 82-93, 2015
“Estimating the Biomitigation Benefits of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture: a Contingent Behavior Analysis”, with Thierry Chopin, Anthony Noce, Shawn Robinson, Winnie Yip, and Duncan Knowler,  Aquaculture, 437(1), 182-194, 2015.
“Households’ pro-environmental habits and investments in water and energy consumption: determinants and relationships” with Maria A. Garcia-Valiñas and Céline Nauges,  Journal of Environmental Management, 133(1), 174-183, 2014
"Cost-benefit analysis of riparian protection in an eastern Canadian watershed", with Ryan Trenholm, Van Lantz, and Shawn Little Journal of Environmental Management,  116(15), 81–94, 2013
"`Adopting versus adapting'': adoption of water-saving technology versus water conservation habits in Spain", with María A. García-ValíñasInternational Journal of Water  Resources Development, 29(3), 400-414, 2013

         Full list of published contributions

Other recent non-refereed work:

Final Report to CARE (Collaborative Applied Research in Economics): Valuation of a Moose-Vehicle Accident Mitigation Policy in Newfoundland

Other working papers

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Previous years

2010- Introductory Microeconomics, Slot 5: MWF 12:00 pm-12:50 pm

4550-001, Econometrics I, slot 20 (Tue & Thu 03:30 pm-04:45 pm), in A3095

6002-001, Econometrics, slot 11(Mon & Wed 10:30 am-11:45 am), in A3095

4551 - Econometrics II

Intersession 2014

4550-  Econometrics I  

            Winter 2016
3670 - Applications of Choice Theory  (NEW COURSE at MUN!)

4120 - Applied Welfare Econ & Cost Benefit Analysis

6012 - Cost-Benefit Analysis (M. A. Program)

6002-001, Econometrics, slot 13, M&W from 2 to 3:15, in SN110

Fall 2016

6009 Graduate Seminar, slot: M&W 3:30 to 4:45  in ED 3030

Prospective Students of these and/or any other Economics courses should consult the Departmental Website for information on these courses and contact me for additional information 

My C.V.

Rober outside the office (no, the red thing on my head is NOT the tie in the picture above...):

Contact me: 

My e-mail address is

Roberto Martínez-Espiñeira

Department of Economics
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St John’s

Newfoundland and Labrador A1A 5S7

Tel:    1-709-864-3676     (International callers please use e-mail rather than voice mail messages, especially from cellphones. I rarely can hear/understand these)
FAX: 1-709-864-2094

Office Hours at  AA3087

MON, WED 2:00 to 3:00

or by appointment



E-mail to arrange an appointment if you cannot make any of the above times.

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Last updated on Sept-7-2016