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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, Health Economics, Labor 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, with the goal of examining the relationship between the social and physical environment and the human capital endowment and long-term economic outcomes of children and young adults.

Working Papers

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

  • The Effect of Violent Crime on the Human Capital Accumulation of Young Adults” (with Andrea Velasquez) - Revision Requested at the Journal of Development Economics

  • “On the Long Term Effects of the 1918 U.S. Influenza Pandemic” (with Duncan Thomas)

  • “The Intergenerational Impact of Terror: The Extended Reach of the 9/11 Tragedy” 

  • “Impact of Violent Crime on Risk Aversion: Evidence from the Mexican Drug War” (with Veronica Montalva, Duncan Thomas, and Andrea Velasquez) 

  • “The Effect of Living in a Violent Environment on Contemporaneous Health” (with Elizabeth Frankenberg, Jessica Ho, 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