Christopher Ryan

Associate Professor Chris Ryan commenced as Director of the Economics of Education and Child Development program at the Melbourne Institute in April 2011. Prior to that, he was employed at other Australian universities and in the Australian Government. He was awarded a Bachelor of Commerce, with Honours in Economics from the University of Melbourne in 1982, a Master of Economics from the Australian National University in 1986 and a PhD in economics from the University of Melbourne in July 2001. His research interests span the determinants of and outcomes from participation in different types of education, the impact of related government programs and interventions, and the transitions of young people from education and training into the labour market.

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Fields of specialization

Education and training, Impacts of government programs, Labour markets and employment


Title Country Themes
Enhancing Productive Firm Assets: A RCT on an Innovative Savings-Loan Product for Female Entrepreneur Ghana Gender & women’s empowerment , Entrepreneurship , Financial inclusion
Does training voucher help increase income of redundant workers of restructured state’s owned enterprises in Vietnam? Viet Nam Education and training , Labour markets and employment
Assessing the Impact of Ishraq Intervention, A Second-Chance Program for Out-of-School Rural Adolescent Girls in Egypt Egypt Gender & women’s empowerment , Poverty and Inequality , Youth and children
Effect of Sexuality and Procreation Education on Health and Poverty Reduction of Girls in Rural China - The Case study in Gansu Province, China China Gender & women’s empowerment , Poverty and Inequality , Health and nutrition , Education and training , Impacts of government programs , Youth and children


Dr Christopher Ryan
Associate Professor
Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research
University of Melbourne

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