Ryan B. Edwards

Research Associate

My current research is focused on tropical forest fires and deforestation, local government incentives and effectiveness, and the linkages between global agricultural value chains and local welfare, urbanization, and structural change in developing countries. My prior appointment was a postdoctoral research fellowship at Stanford University and I worked in the public and international development sectors before that. 

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Ph.D., Australian National University
MDevEc, University of Queensland
BEcon/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

Agricultural extensification, local labor markets, and structural change (expanded version of "tropical oil crops and rural poverty", coming very soon!)

Tropical oil crops and rural poverty

Cash crop adoption, agricultural processing, and village development

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

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

The local amenity impacts of illicit drug legalization: experimental evidence from Washington state, with Brady Horn and Paul Zachary.

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

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