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Ryan

David L Ryan, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Arts

Economics

About Me

After completing a B.Econ (Hons) and M.Econ at Monash University in Australia, I moved to Canada and completed a PhD in economics at the University of British Columbia. Since completing that degree in 1983, until my retirement in 2014, I have been with the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta, as an Assistant, Associate, and finally Full Professor. I have also held visiting positions at various times at the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Sydney. From 2002-2012, I was also Director of the Canadian Building Energy End-Use Data and Analysis Centre (CBEEDAC), located in the Economics Department at the University of Alberta.   


Research

Areas of Specialization:

Applied Econometrics; Energy Economics; Applied Microeconomics

Publications:

"Catching on the Rebound: Why Price Elasticities are Generally Inappropriate Measures of Rebound Effects" (with L.C. Hunt), SEEDS No. 148, Surrey Energy Economics Centre, School of Economics, University of Surrey, June 2014. (Download)

"Economic Modelling of Energy Services: Rectifying Misspecified Energy Demand Functions" (with L.C. Hunt), Energy Economics, 50, 2015, 273-285.

"Are There Realistic Possibilities for a Higher ‘Batting’ Average? On Improving Residential Energy Efficiency in Canada" (with J. bin Jahangir), Canadian Public Policy, 39:Supplement 2, 2013, 125-141.  

"Eco-Houses and the Environment: A Case Study of Occupant Experiences in a Cold Climate" (with L. Maruejols and D. Young), Energy and Buildings, 62, 2013, 368-380.

(editor): Boom and Bust Again: Policy Challenges for a Commodity-Based Economy, University of Alberta Press, 2013.

"Introduction", Chapter 1 in D.L. Ryan (ed), Boom and Bust Again: Policy Challenges for a Commodity-Based Economy, University of Alberta Press, 2013.

"Bradford Reid: In Memoriam", Chapter 2 in D.L. Ryan (ed), Boom and Bust Again: Policy Challenges for a Commodity-Based Economy, University of Alberta Press, 2013.

"Empirical Modelling of Energy Demand" (with A. Plourde), in J. Evans and L.C. Hunt (eds), International Handbook on the Economics of Energy, Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar, 2009, 112-143.

"Modelling Energy Savings and Environmental Benefits from Energy Policies and New Technologies" (with D. Young), in J. Evans and L.C. Hunt (eds), International Handbook on the Economics of Energy, Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar, 2009, 234-256.

"Energy Use in Canadian Buildings? What have we Learned from Recent Data?" (with D. Young), in J.B. Utrick (ed). Energy and Buildings: Efficiency, Air Quality and Conservation, New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2009, 177-207.

An Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Economics (with D. Young), 2008 (Island Park, NY: Whittier Publications)

"A Systems Approach to Modelling Asymmetric Demand Responses to Energy Price Changes" (with A. Plourde), in W.A. Barnett and A. Serletis (eds), Functional Structure Inference, Amsterdam:Elsevier, 2007, 183-224.

"The Effect on Consumers of Electricity Market Restructuring in Alberta, Canada" (with J. Jahangir), in G. Bertram (ed.) From Restructuring to Sustainability: Energy Policies for the 21st Century, Proceedings of the 30th International Conference of the International Association for Energy Economics 2007 (Wellington, New Zealand: International Association for Energy Economics), CD.

“Utilization of Residential Energy-Saving Retrofit Programs in Canada: Who, What and Why?” (with S. Gamtessa), in C.A. Bollino, E. Curcio, U. Farinelli (eds.) Energy Markets and Sustainability in a Larger Europe, Proceedings of the 9th European Conference of the International Association for Energy Economics 2007 (Florence, Italy: International Association for Energy Economics), CD.

“Conditional Demand Analysis Revisited: Evaluating Residential End-Use Energy Consumption in Canada” (with R. Liu), in D. Nissen, L. Kiesling, T. O’Donnell, W. Iledare (eds.) Energy in a World of Changing Costs and Technologies, Proceedings of the 26th North American Conference of the United States Association for Energy Economics 2006 (Ann Arbor, MI: United States Association for Energy Economics), CD.

"The Impact of Energy Efficient Equipment on Household Energy Use in Canada: Programmable Thermostats" (with D. Herasymiuk), in M. Kah, C. Dahl, D. El Mallakh and W. Iledare (eds) Fueling the Future: Prices, Productivity, Policies, and Prophecies, Proceedings of the 25th North American Conference of the United States Association for Energy Economics 2005 (Denver: United States Association for Energy Economics), CD.

"Modelling Sluggish Price Responses in Energy Demand Models: A Critical Evaluation of Alternative Methodologies" (with A. Plourde), in M. Filippini, E. Jochem, and D. Spreng (eds) Modelling in Energy Economics and Policy, Swiss Association for Energy Economics, 2004.

“Changing Panes / Changing Pains: The Determinants of Commercial Retrofit Decisions in Canada” (with D. Young and A. Plourde), in A. Sieminski, J. Santalo, A. Plourde, G. Gulen, C. Watkins, and A. Baltierra (eds) Integrating the Energy Markets in North America: Issues & Problems, Terms & Conditions, USAEE, 2003.

"The Heat is On: The Changing Role of Weather on Residential Energy Demand" (with A. Plourde), in J. Myslivec, I. Benes, A.Owen, and A. Plourde (eds), New Challenges for Energy Decision Makers, IAEE, 2003.

"Thanks for the Memories: Oil Price Decompositions and Energy Demand Asymmetries" (with A. Plourde), in A.G. Kemp (ed), Innovation and Maturity in Energy Markets: Experience and Prospects, IAEE, 2002.

"Smaller and Smaller? The Price Responsiveness of Non-Transport Oil Demand" (with A. Plourde), Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 42, 2002.

"Energy Demand Asymmetries and Greenhouse Gas Abatement" (with A. Plourde), in R. Bartels and D. Fiebig (eds), Energy Markets & The New Millenium: Economics, Environment, Security of Supply, IAEE, 2000.

"Imposing Local Concavity in the Translog and Generalized Leontief Cost Functions" (with T.J. Wales), Economics Letters, 67, 2000.

"Flexible and Semiflexible Consumer Demands with Quadratic Engel Curves" (with T.J. Wales), Review of Economics and Statistics, 81-2, 1999.

"The Political Costs of Tax Reform: A Canadian Perspective" (with S. Landon), Agenda, 5-1, 1998.

"A Simple Method for Imposing Local Curvature in Some Flexible Consumer Demand Systems" (with T.J. Wales), Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, 16-3, 1998.

"Solution 96.4.1: Instrument Selection for Consistent IV Estimators" (with D. Young), Econometric Theory, 13-5, 1997.

"The Political Costs of Taxes and Government Spending" (with S. Landon), Canadian Journal of Economics, 30-1, 1997.

"Asymmetric Price Responses of Residential Energy Demand in Ontario" (with Y. Wang and A. Plourde), Canadian Journal of Economics, 29 - Special Issue, 1996.

"Empirical Testing of a Risk-Adjusted Hotelling Model" (with D. Young), Resource and Energy Economics, 18-3, 1996.

"Problem 96.4.1: Instrument Selection for Consistent IV Estimators" (with D. Young), Econometric Theory, 12-4, 1996.

"Government Policy and Access to National Gas Service in Canada" (with A. Plourde), Canadian Public Policy, 21-3, 1995.

"Judging the Roles of Legislation, Education and Offsetting Behaviour in Seat Belt Use: A Survey and New Evidence from Alberta" (with G. Bridgeman), Canadian Public Policy, 18-1, 1992, 27-46.

"Subscribe, Cancel or Renew: The Economics of Reading by Subscription" (with P. Coyte), Canadian Journal of Economics, 24-1, 1991, 101-123.

"An Econometric-Spatial Analysis of the Growth and Decline of Shopping Centers" (with D. West and B. Von Hohenbalken), Regional Science and Urban Economics, 20-3, 1990, 313-326.

"Testing for Non-Jointness in Oil and Gas Exploration: A Variable Profit Function Approach" (with J. Livernois), International Economic Review, 30-2, 1989, 479-504.

"New Competition in Shopping Center Hierarchies: An Empirical Comparison of Alternative Specifications" (with D. West and B. Von Hohenbalken), Journal of Regional Science, 28-3, 1988, 329-344.

"On the Use of Double-Log Forms in Energy Demand Analysis" (with A. Plourde), The Energy Journal, 6-4, 1985, 105-113.

"Engel Curves for Meat Consumption in Australia" (with T.J. Wales and A.D. Woodland), Australian Economic Papers, 21, June 1982, 106-122.

"A Dual Approach to the Locational Decision of the Firm" (with M. Eswaran and Y. Kanemoto), Journal of Regional Science, 21-4, 1981, 469-490.