Professor Matthew Ryan

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Professor of Economics

Phone: +6499219999 ext 5812


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BA (Economics and Philosophy), University of Auckland
Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Honours), Victoria University of Wellington
PhD in Economics, Yale University

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Member, Centre for Mathematical Social Science, University of Auckland
  • Member, ATE Research Network, Massey University
  • Member, American Economic Association (


I joined AUT in August 2014.  My previous appointments were with the University of Auckland and the Australian National University.  I’m am also a member (and co-founder) of the Centre for Mathematical Social Science (CMSS), serving as its Director in 2013.  The CMSS is based at the University of Auckland, but has participation from AUT and Massey, as well as a number of international affiliates.  It is a multi-disciplinary research centre that applies mathematical and computational techniques to address questions from economics, political science, psychology and philosophy.

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Research Areas:

•    Decision theory
•    Risk and uncertainty
•    Auction markets

Research Summary:

My research focusses on how people make decisions in environments exposed to risk or uncertainty.  Much of this work is theoretical, but I have also worked on applications ranging from pharmaceutical advertising to public-private partnerships to entrepreneurial decision-making. 

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Selected Recent Publications

Anchugina, N., M. RYAN and A. Slinko (2017) “Hyperbolic Discounting of the Far-Distant Future,” Economics Letters 155: 140-143.

RYAN, M. (2017) “Binary Choices that Satisfy Stochastic Betweenness,” Journal of Mathematical Economics 70: 176-184.

RYAN, M. (2017) “Uncertainty and Binary Stochastic Choice,” Economic Theory (published online 21 January 2017, doi: 10.1007/s00199-017-1033-4)

RYAN, M. (2016) “Essentiality and Convexity in the Ranking of Opportunity Sets” Social Choice and Welfare 47(4): 853–877.

Menezes, F. and M. RYAN (2015) “Default and Renegotiation in PPP Auctions” Journal of Public Economic Theory 17(1): 49-77.

RYAN, M. and R. Vaithianathan (2015) “The Regulation of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of Pharmaceuticals in a Managed Care Setting” Journal of Public Economic Theory 17(6): 986-1021.

RYAN, M. (2014) “Path Independent Choice and the Ranking of Opportunity Sets” Social Choice and Welfare 42(1): 193-213.



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