Ryan McWay

Research Interests

My research interests related to the application of applied microeconomics to a variety of demographic concerns. In brief, I use remote sensing to capture approximations for otherwise difficult measures to survey in the field. I study the impact of natural disasters on the economic outcomes of individuals and households. I examine the formation and the proliferation of unorganized residential areas (slums). And I explore the decision-making mechanisms behind sub-optimal choices in developing contexts.


Ryan McWay is a PhD student in the Applied Economics program at the University of Minnesota. His research aims are focused on improving development outcomes in regional and global settings. Ryan’s research interests focus on Applied Microeconomics with specific concentrations in Development Economics, Impact Evaluations, Natural Disasters, Decision-making, and Urban Economics.