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Ryan Brown, Ph.D. (he/him/his) • Assistant Professor

Office Location: Lawren​ce Street Center 470P

Areas of Expertise:
Development Economics, Labor Economics, Health Economics, Demography, Political Economy

Ph.D., Economics, Duke University, 2014
M.A., Economics, Duke University, 2009
B.A., Economics and Psychology, Vassar College, 2004

Ryan Brown's research interests span multiple fields of applied microeconomics including development economics, labor economics, health economics, economic demography, and political economy.

Ryan's work has primarily focused on applying econometric techniques to population representative data in both developed and developing country settings, to examine how changes in the social, physical, and/or economic environment can have a persistent impact on health, preferences, and human capital accumulation. Recently, I have also begun to explore the relationship between the success of women competing for positions in entry-level positions and its subsequent impact on the gender gap at the top of the career ladder. 

Does Local Female Political Representation Empower Women to Run for Higher Office? Evidence from State and National Legislatures in India
(with Hani Mansour and Stephen D. O'Connell) 
The World Bank Economic Review, Forthcoming

Occupational Licensing and Maternal Health: Evidence from Early Midwifery Laws
(with D. Mark Anderson, Kerwin Kofi Charles and Daniel I. Rees)
Journal of Political Economy, 2020, 128(11): 4337-4383

The Intergenerational Impact of Terror: Does the 9/11 Tragedy Impact the Initial Human Capital of the Next Generation?
Demography, 2020, 57(4): 1459-1481

Impact of Violent Crime on Risk Aversion: Evidence from the Mexican Drug War 
(with Veronica Montalva, Duncan Thomas, and Andrea Velasquez) 
Review of Economics and Statistics, 2019, 101(5): 892-904

The Mexican Drug War and Early-Life Health: The Impact of Violent Crime on Birth Outcomes 
Demography, 2018, 55(1): 319-340

The Effect of Violent Crime on the Human Capital Accumulation of Young Adults 
(with Andrea Velasquez) 
Journal of Development Economics, 2017, 127: 1-12

Copycat gaming: A Spatial Analysis of State Lottery Structure 
(with Jon Rork) 
Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2005, 35(6): 795-807

Re-evaluating the Long-Term Impact of In Utero Exposure to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic
(with Brian Beach, Joseph Ferrie, Martin Saavedra, and Duncan Thomas)
Revised and Resubmitted to the Journal of Political Economy

On the Long-Term Effects of the 1918 U.S. Influenza Pandemic
(with Duncan Thomas)

Gender Differences in Political Career Progression: Evidence from U.S. Elections​ 
(with Hani Mansour, Stephen D. O’Connell, and James Reeves)
IZA WP No. 12569 

The Impact of Access to Clean Water on Cognitive and Physical Development: Evidence from Mexico’s Programa de Agua Limpia
(with Sonia Bhalotra and Atheendar Venkataramani) 

ECON 5823: Econometrics II

ECON 4811: Intro to Econometrics
ECON 4812: Econometric Methods for Empirical Research