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Ryan Brown, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Vita: Prof. Brown's Vita​​​
Email: Ryan Brown
Office Location: Lawren​ce Street Center 470T
Phone: 303-315-2070
Fax: 303-315-2048
Areas of Expertise:
Development Economics, Labor Economics, Health Economics, Economic Demography

Education & Degrees

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


Ryan Brown's work applies econometric techniques to population representative data in both developed and developing country settings, to examine how changes in the social and physical environment impact health and human capital accumulation.

Working Papers

  • “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 Violent Crime on the Human Capital Accumulation of Young Adults” (with Andrea Velasquez) - Forthcoming in the Journal of Development Economics

  • ​​​“The Mexican Drug War and Early-Life Health: The Impact of Violent Crime on Birth Outcomes” - Revision Requested at Demography

  • “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) - NBER Working Paper No. 22456 

  • Impact of Violent Crime on Risk Aversion: Evide​nce from the Mexican Drug War” ​(with Veronica Montalva, Duncan Thomas, and Andrea Velasquez) - NBER Working Paper No. 23181, BREAD Working Paper No. 501

  • “The Intergenerational Impact of Terror: Does the 9/11 Tragedy Reverberate into the Outcomes of the Next Generation?" 

  • “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)

Selected Publications

"Copycat gaming: A spatial analysis of state lottery structure" (with Jon Rork). Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2005, 35(6): 795-807.

Courses Taught

ECON 4811: Intro to Econometrics

ECON 5823: Econometrics II