Nick Ryan

Nicholas Ryan's research concerns environmental regulation and energy markets in developing countries. Energy use enables high standards of living but rapid, energy-intensive growth has caused many environmental problems in turn. Nick studies how firms' energy use and pollution emissions respond to regulation and market incentives. His work includes empirical studies of the effect of power grid capacity on electricity prices, how firms make decisions about energy-efficiency and how environmental regulation can be designed to best abate pollution at low social cost. He has undertaken this research through partnerships with environmental regulators and private firms in India.

Nick has been a Prize Fellow in Economics since the 2012-13 academic year.  He received a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012 and graduatedsumma cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors degree in Economics. He previously worked as a Research Associate in the Capital Markets group at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C.

Research Grant Projects

This project tests whether greater knowledge of pollution data, for regulators and for the public, can make regulation more effective in the Indian energy sector.
This project seeks to provide experimental evidence on the relationship between electricity supply and small business creation and growth.
Together with Indian environmental regulators, the research team investigates whether public disclosure of information on industrial emissions and the use of information technology can improve regulatory performance, industrial compliance, and industrial efficiency. 
By hiring traders to make credible output bids to treatment and control firms, the researchers are able to collect accurate price data that allows them to test whether newly more energy-efficient firms reduce output prices.