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Dr. Matt E. Ryan is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business. He teaches courses in Micro and Macroeconomics, Global Economics, International Economics, and Sports Economics.

As an applied microeconomist, Dr. Ryan's research interests fall into a number of areas, including law and economics, international development, political economy, and wagering markets.

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. His research has also been presented on the U.S. Senate floor. 


  • Ph.D., Economics, West Virginia University, 2009
  • B.A., Economics, Claremont McKenna College, 2001

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Articles in Journals

Ryan, M. E. (2020). The Heat: Temperature, Police Behavior and the Enforcement of Law. European Journal of Law and Economics, 49(2), 187-203.

Ryan, M. E., & Davies, A. (2019). Utility Maximization and Risk in Multiple-Choice Surveys. Psychology and Education Journal, 56 (3-4), 81-91.

Ryan, M. E., & Celestin, J. (in press, 2018). Game over? Assessing the impact of the emergence of a profitable wagering strategy in major league baseball wagering markets. Applied Economics.

Powell, B. & Ryan, M. E. (in press, 2017). The Global Spread of Think Tanks and Economic Freedom. Journal of Private Enterprise.

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.


Coyne, C. J., & Ryan, M. E. (2019). Foreign Intervention and Global Public Bads. In J. Hall & S. Harper (Eds.), Economic and Political Institutions and Development. Springer.