Ryan B. Edwards

Research Associate

My current research is focused on tropical forest fires and deforestation, local government incentives and effectiveness, and how global agricultural value chains shape local welfare, urbanization, and structural change in developing countries. I am also excited about a project evaluating the amenity and crime impacts of marijuana legalization in the United States. Before coming to Dartmouth I completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University, and I worked mostly in the public and international development sectors before that. 

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PhD, Economics, Australian National University
MDevEcon (advanced), University of Queensland
BEcon and BBusMan, University of Queensland

Selected Publications

Mining away the Preston curve, World Development, January 2016.

The Oil Palm Complex (review), Journal of Southeast Asian Economies, August 2017. 

Works in Progress

Understanding tropical forest fires: climate, politics, and the local economy, with Wally Falcon, Matt Higgins, and Roz Naylor.

An experiment to curtail fires on Sumatra and Kalimantan, with Wally Falcon, Paul Heytens, Roz Naylor, and Sudarno Sumarto.

The local amenity and crime impacts of illicit drug legalization, with Brady Horn and Paul Zachary.

Unintended consequences of introducing electoral competition, with Yusaku Horiuchi and Daniel Suryadarma.

Tropical oil crops and rural poverty

Agricultural extensification, local labor markets, and structural change

Cash crop adoption, agricultural processing, and village development

The industrial organization of palm oil processing plants and impacts on fire, deforestation, and extensification dynamics

Heterogeneous local impacts of resource booms: three quantitative case studies, with Paul Burke.

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