Associate Professor of Economics
Palumbo Donahue School of Business
Pittsburgh, PA, 15282
Phone: 412.396.2216 Fax: 412.396.4764
Matt E. Ryan is an Associate Professor of Economics at Palumbo Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University. Professor Ryan teaches courses in Principles-level Micro- and Macroeconomics, Global Economics, International Economics and Sports Economics. His research has appeared in Economic Inquiry, the European Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Comparative Economics and Public Choice, as well as popular outlets such as The Atlantic, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the Washington Post, and also on the floor of the United States Senate.
Professor Ryan received his Ph.D in Economics from West Virginia University in 2009 and his B.A. in Economics from Claremont McKenna College in 2001.
Articles in Journals
Ryan, M. E. (in press, 2015). Frisky Business: Race, Gender and Police Activity During Traffic Stops. European Journal of Law and Economics.
Ryan, M. E. (in press, 2014). The Evolution of Legislative Tenure in the United States Congress: 1789-2004. Journal of Public Finance and Public Choice.
Ryan, M. E. (in press, 2014). Peter H. Schuck, Why Government Fails So Often: And How It Can Do Better. Public Choice.
Ryan, M. E. (in press, 2013). Allocating Infection: The Political Economy of the Swine Flu (H1N1) Vaccine. Economic Inquiry.
Ryan, M.E., Leeson, P. T., & Williamson, C. R. (in press, 2012). Think Tanks. Journal of Comparative Economics, 40 (1), 62-77.
Ryan, M. E. & Leeson, P. T. (in press, 2012). Hate Groups and Hate Crime. International Review of Law & Economics.
Ryan, M. E., Gramm, M., & McKinney, C. N. (2012). Information Effects and National Hockey League Betting Market Efficiency. Journal of Gambling Business and Economics, 6 (1), pp. 79-92.
Ryan, M.E. & Sobel, R. S. (2012). Seniority and Anti-competitive Restrictions on the Legislative Common Pool: Tenure's Impact on the Overall Production of Legislation and the Concentration of Political Benefits. Public Choice, 153 (1), pp. 171-190.
Ryan, M. E. (2011). Using Economic Freedom and Statistical Analysis to Teach Principles of Macroeconomics. Journal of Private Enterprise.
Ryan, M. E., Gramm, M., & McKinney, C. N. (in press, 2010). Information Effects in Major League Baseball Betting Markets. Applied Economics, 44 (6), 707-716.
Ryan, M.E., Baldini, K., & Gillis, M. T. (in press, 2010). Do Relief Pitching and Remaining Games Create Moral Hazard Problems in Major League Baseball? Journal of Sports Economics, 12 (6), 647-659.
Ryan, M.E. & Coyne, C. J. (2009). With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies? Aiding the World's Worst Dictators. The Independent Review, 14 (1), 26-44.
Ryan, M.E. & Powell, B. (2006). The Economics of Outsourcing. California Labor & Employment Law Review.
Ryan, M. E. (2014). Signaling in the Labor Market: A Natural Experiment in Major League Baseball. Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ryan, M. E. (2014). Serial Killers. Southern Economic Association, Atlanta, Georgia.
Ryan, M. E. (2014). Count Me In! Congressional Dominance and the 2010 U.S. Census. Southern Economic Association, Atlanta, Georgia.
Ryan, M. E. (2013). Frisky Business: Police Behavior and Legal Outcomes. Southern Economic Association, Tampa, Florida.
Ryan, M. E. (2012). The Substitution Between Casino Gambling and Lottery Participation. Missouri Valley Economic Association Annual Conference, Memphis, Tennessee.
Ryan, M. E. (2012). Market-Based Testing. Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ryan, M. E. (2011). Early Returns from the Academic Betting Market. Southern Economic Association, Washington, District of Columbia.
Ryan, M. E. (2010). Global Public Bads: A Systems Analysis. Public Choice Society Annual Meetings, Monterey, California.
Ryan, M. E. (2010). Information Aggregation and College Football Rankings. Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Ryan, M.E., Sobel, R., & Hall, J. (2007). Unleashing Capitalism: Why Prosperity Stops at the West Virginia Border, and How to Fix It. Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia.
Ryan, M.E. & Powell, B. (2011). Does Development Aid Lead to Economic Freedom? Economic Freedom: Causes and Consequences.
Ryan, M.E., Sobel, R., & Hall, Hall, J. (2010). Electoral Pressures and the Legal System: Friends of Foes? The Pursuit of Justice: Law and Economics of Legal Institutions, Oakland, California: Independent Institute.
Ryan, M.E. & Hall, J. (2009). The Economics of Government Housing. Housing America: Building Out of a Crisis, Oakland, CA: The Independent Institute.
Ryan, M.E., Gramm, M., McKinney, N., & Owens, D. (2008). What Do Bettors Want? Determinants of Pari-mutuel Betting Preference. Perspectives on Gambling, Lotteries, Wagers, and Casinos. Blackwell Publishing.
Ryan, M.E. & Sobel, R. (2008). Unifying the Favorite-Longshot Bias with Other Market Anomalies. Handbook of Sports and Lottery Markets, Amsterdam: North Holland-Elsevier.
As an applied microeconomist, Professor Ryan's research interests fall into a number of areas, having published numerous articles in the areas of law and economics, international development, political economy and wagering markets.