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My name is Roberto Martínez Espiñeira and I am, since July 2009, an Associate Professor of Economics at Memorial University.  This is located in the very beautiful 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 got my MSc in Environmental Economics from the University of York's Environment Department in 1996-97. Contrary to what some people in Canada often think, the University of York is in the United Kingdom,. I wrote my DPhil thesis (University of York 2001) on the Economics of Water Pricing, under the supervision of Jack Pezzey and Charles Perrings.


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 access to natural recreational sites, and forest management.

Recent publications:

“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
 "`Been there done that': Disentangling option value effects from user heterogeneity when valuing natural resources with a use component", with Nikita Lyssenko, Environmental Management, 50(5), 819-836, 2012

"Explanatory Factors of Urban Water Leakage Rates in Southern Spain", with Francisco González-Gómez, María A. García-Valíñas, and Miguel A. García-Rubio, Utiliities Policy, 22(1), 22–30, 2012

“Leisure and the Opportunity Cost of Travel Time in Recreation Demand Analysis” with Joe Amoako-Tuffour, Journal of Applied Economics, 15(1) 25-49, 2012

"Is the pricing of urban water services justifiably perceived as unequal among Spanish cities?", with Francisco González-Gómez, María de los Ángeles García-Valiñas, International Journal of Water Resources Development, 28(1), 107-121, 2012

"Respondent uncertainty in contingent valuation: The case of whale conservation in Newfoundland and Labrador", with Nikita Lyssenko, Applied Economics, 44(15), 1911-1930, 2012

"Alternative approaches to dealing with respondent uncertainty in contingent valuation: A comparative analysis", with Nikita Lyssenko, Journal of Environmental Management, 93(1) 130-139, 2012.

"Environmental Kuznets curves for bird abundance in Canada: an examination of alternative regression models using panel data" with Van Lantz, International Journal  of Ecological Economics & Statistics (IJEES), 27(4), 1-24, 2012

         Full list of published contributions

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

Intersession 2014

4550-  Econometrics I  

            Winter 2014
4120 - Applied Welfare Econ & Cost Benefit Analysis
4551 - Econometrics II
6012 - Cost-Benefit Analysis (M. A. Program)

Fall 2013

6002-001, Econometrics, slot 13, M&W from 2 to 3:15, in SN1103

6009 Graduate Seminar, slot: M&W 10:30 to 11:20, in SN 1019

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 caller please use e-mail rather than voice mail messages, especially from cellphones. Also note that I will be on sabbatical and unable to check my voice mail                                            regularly.)
FAX: 1-709-864-2094

Office Hours at  AA3087

In 2014-15 I will be on sabbatical leave so please use e-mail me to contact me. Thanks! 
If you have questions about our graduate (MA) program, please contact Dr. Lyssenko at



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

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Last updated on SEPT-21