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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:

Price and consumption misperception profiles: The role of information in the residential water sector , with Marta Suárez-Varela and María Á. García-Valiñas, forthooming in Environmental and Resource Economics, 2021 (free  ``view-only'' version)
"The economics of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture: where are we now and where do we need to go?", with Duncan Knowler, Thierry Chopin, Amir Neori, Ana Nobre, Anthony Noce and Gregor Reid, Reviews in Aquaculture, 12, 1579-1594 , 2020 
"Public Attitudes towards Hydraulic Fracturing in Western Newfoundland" with María García-Valiñas and David Matesanz, Energy Economics, 84, 2019
"Determinants of the Water Rate Structure Choice by Canadian Municipalities" with Aditya Gurung, Utilities Policy, 58(1), 89-101, 2019
"Scale heterogeneity in the valuation of road traffic risk reductions: the case of Newfoundland’s moose-vehicle collisions", with  María Pérez-Urdiales, forthcoming in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, 2019
"A proposal for the analysis of price escalation within water tariffs. The impact of the Water Framework Directive in Spain", with Marta Suárez-Varela Maciá,, Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space 36 (4), 726-749 (2018)

         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

My Research Gate profile

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Winter 2021:

4551-Econometrics II (& ECON 6050)

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

Not offered this term:
4120 - Applied Welfare Econ & Cost Benefit Analysis

Fall 2020: All courses will be taught online at the shown time and recordings will be available afterwards 

     4550 Econometrics I

T&TR 12;30-13:45

3670 Applications of Choice Theory 

Course description posterM&W 10:30-11:45
    4100 - Industrial Organization and Public Policy ECON4100posterM&W 12:30 to 13:45 
    6009 Graduate SeminarM&W 15:30 to 16:45


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

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

4551 - Econometrics II

Intersession 2014

4550-  Econometrics I  


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.

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

TUE 10:15 to 12:15 and THU 10:15 to 12:15, 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 OCT 17 2021