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Jacobs Center
2001 Sheridan Rd.
Room 529
Evanston, IL, 60208
+1 541 206 0417


Kevin Bryan

Job Market Candidate, Managerial Economics and Strategy

Fields: Industrial Organization (Innovation), Applied Micro Theory, Economic History

Advisers: Benjamin Jones (chair), Joel Mokyr, David Besanko, Mark Satterthwaite

PhD (expected), Managerial Economics and Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, 2014
M.S., Managerial Economics and Strategy, Kellogg School of Management, 2011
M.S., Mathematics, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2008
M.A., Economics, Boston University, 2006
B.A., Intl. Relations and Economics, Boston University, 2006


My CV is here.

I am a fifth-year Ph.D. student in Managerial Economics and Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management; beginning in July 2014, I will move to the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Rotman School of Management. My work primarily consists of applied theoretical analyses of innovation, generally supported by detailed qualitative historical investigation. Right now, I am particularly interested in questions related to which research lines inventors and firms pursue, and in how "directional inefficiency" in these choices can be mitigated. Over the next few years, I am interested in exploring, theoretically, the government's role in encouraging diffusion, especially via testing and standards; anecdotally, this appears to me a more important role than directly funding R&D. As a side project, I enjoy studying history of thought and methodology, and am in the early stages of a project relating developments in modern logics to developments in microeconomics in the middle of the 20th century.

I maintain the research weblog A Fine Theorem devoted to discussions of new research in my areas of interest; despite a technical focus, the site has been visited over a quarter million times and has been discussed by The Economist, Slate, Reuters, Forbes, The Browser and many others.

Working Papers
R&D Policy and the Direction of Innovation

The Direction of Innovation (with Jorge Lemus)

The Meaning of Invention in the Early Airplane Industry

Open Access Increases Commercialization of Medical Research (with Yasin Ozcan)

In Progress:
Multigraph Diffusion, with an Application to the One Child Policy

How Does Open Access Increase Follow-Up Invention? (with Yasin Ozcan)

Earlier Publications:
The Evolution of City Population Density in the United States (with Pierre-Daniel Sarte and Brian D. Minton)
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Economic Quarterly 93.4 (2007)

On the Evolution of Income Inequality in the United States (with Leonardo Martinez)
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Economic Quarterly 94.2 (2008)

Semiparametric Estimation of Land Price Gradients Using Large Data Sets (with Pierre-Daniel Sarte)
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Economic Quarterly 95.1 (2009)

Other Writing:
The Economic Ideas of Ronald Coase |, September 2013
Residential Externalities (with Pierre-Daniel Sarte) | Richmond Fed Economic Brief 2009
Jargon Alert: Arbitrage | Richmond Fed Region Focus, Spring 2007

Technical Consulting:
Economic Adviser for "The Future of Taxpayer-Funded Research"
The results of this paper were presented before Congress by Elliot Maxwell on March 19, 2012.

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