Ryan B. Edwards

Research Associate

My current research focuses on tropical forest fires and deforestation, local government incentives and effectiveness, and how global agricultural value chains shape local welfare and structural transformation in developing countries. I am also excited about projects evaluating the local amenity and crime impacts of marijuana legalization in the United States and electoral conflict spillovers to continguous jurisdictions. I teach four courses a year, in development economics (F18) and in statistics (S19), and very much enjoy involving students in my research (e.g., Presidential Scholars).

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Before coming to Dartmouth, I held joint postdoctoral appointments at Stanford University's Center on Food Security and the Environment and Department of Earth System Science, where I managed a large project focused on the global palm oil sector. I worked in the Australian government (state and federal) and in the international development sector (across the Asia Pacific) before that.

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Ph. D., Economics, Australian National University
M. DevEcon (advanced), University of Queensland
B. Econ & B. BusMan, University of Queensland

Selected Publications

Edwards, R. B. (2016), "Mining away the Preston curve", World Development. 

Edwards, R. B. (2017), "The Oil Palm Complex (invited review)Journal of Southeast Asian Economies. 

Works in Progress

"Sustainable development challenges in Indonesia's oil palm sector: decentralized governance and independent smallholder production", with Roz Naylor , Matt Higgins, and Wally Falcon (Stanford). Submitted.

"Modern agricultural growth, rural development, and environmental degradation". Email me for the latest draft. Earlier draft link and summary on the World Bank's Development Impact blog.  

"Causes of Southeast Asian forest fires: a multi-scalar analysis", with Wally Falcon, Matt Higgins, & Roz Naylor (Stanford).

"An experiment to curtail fires on Sumatra and Kalimantan", with Wally Falcon, Grace Hadiwidjaja , Paul Heytens, Matt Higgins, Roz Naylor and Sudarno Sumarto, in partnership with Stanford FSETNP2KPackard Foundation, and Daemeter (project currently in the field).  

"Agricultural manufacturing spillovers: evidence from Indonesian palm oil factories"

"The local amenity and crime impacts of illicit drug legalization: new experimental evidence", with Brady Horn (UNM) and Paul Zachary (UCSD).

"Local impacts of resource booms", with Paul Burke (ANU). Inside Indonesia piece here and earlier draft available here as a PhD chapter.

"Unintended consequences of introducing electoral competition", with Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth) and Daniel Suryadarma (SMERU Research Institute and the ANU).

"The industrial organization of agricultural processing and impacts on fire, deforestation, and extensification dynamics"

Agricultural expansion and structural transformation: a local labor markets perpective

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