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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.


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

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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.

Articles in Journals

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.

Paper Presentations

Ryan, M. E. (2016). Whether Weather Stops Cops: The Impact of Temperature on Officer Behavior. Association of Private Enterprise Education, Las Vegas, Nevada.