Ryan Safner


  • Ph.D, Economics, 2015 (George Mason University)
  • M.A., Economics, 2013 (George Mason University)
  • B.A., Economics, 2011 (University of Connecticut)


  • Innovation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Economic Growth
  • Data Analysis with R

I am an Associate Professor of Economics at Hood College. I have a Ph.D and M.A. in Economics from George Mason University, and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Connecticut. Go Huskies!

My research broadly explores the political economy of innovation, technological growth, and intellectual property using the tools of new institutional economics, public choice, and market process economics. I blog about these issues at Increasing Returns.

I regularly teach Microeconomic Analysis and Econometrics, rotating through economics electives such as Game Theory, International Trade, and Economics of Developments. I am a firm believer of providing public goods and promoting open source materials, so you can find all course materials on my course websites.

I am a passionate user of R for data analysis, and R Markdown and GitHub for writing reproducible research, version control, and managing my workflow. I blog here about using these tools in my research and teaching, and learning new tools “out loud”.