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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:

 ``Exploring behavioral responses to a residential water reform`` with Sara Suárez Fernández and María Á. García-Valiñas, Water Resources and Economics, 40(2)
``Price and consumption misperception profiles: The role of information in the residential water sector`` , with Marta Suárez-Varela and María Á. García-Valiñas, Environmental and Resource Economics, 80, 821-857, 2021 ges (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, Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, 9(1) 77-96, 2019

         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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See Brightspace/D2L for information on current courses

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: See Brightspace/D2L for specific times this term



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

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Last updated on DEC 14 2022