Ryan Brown, Ph.D.
Ryan Brown, Ph.D. • Assistant Professor
Economics

Office Location: Lawren​ce Street Center 470T

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. 

Impact of Violent Crime on Risk Aversion: Evide​nce from the Mexican Drug War 
(with Veronica Montalva, Duncan Thomas, and Andrea Velasquez) 
Review of Economics and Statistics, Forthcoming

The Mexican Drug War and Early-Life Health: The Impact of Violent Crime on Birth Outcomes 
Demography, 2018, 55: 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.

On the Long Term Effects of the 1918 U.S. Influenza Pandemic 
(with Duncan Thomas)
​Revision Requested at the Journal of Political Economy

The Effect of Occupational Licensing on Consumer Welfare: Early Midwifery Laws and Maternal Mortality 
(with D. Mark Anderson, Kerwin Kofi Charles and Daniel I. Rees)
​Revision Requested at the Journal of Political Economy
NBER Working Paper No. 22456 

​The Intergenerational Impact of Terror: Does the 9/11 Tragedy Reverberate into the Outcomes of the Next Generation?
​Revision Requested at Demography

Closing the Gender Gap in Leadership Positions: Can Expanding the Pipeline Increase Parity? 
(with Hani Mansour and Stephen D. O'Connell) 
IZA WP No. 11263 

Breaking the Glass Ceiling? Gender Differences in Political Career Progression 
(with Hani Mansour, Stephen D. O’Connell, and James Reeves)

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) 

Exposure to Violent Crime and Population Health: Impact of the Mexican War on Drugs on Blood Pressure 
(with Elizabeth Frankenberg, Jessica Ho, Arun Karlamangla, Teresa Seeman, Duncan Thomas, and Andrea Velasquez)

GRADUATE:
ECON 5823: Econometrics II

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