Ryan M. Yonk

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Director of Educational Programs

Ryan M. Yonk is the Director of Educational Programs at the American Institute for Economic Research.  He holds a PhD from Georgia State University and a MS and BS from Utah State University. Prior to joining AIER he held academic positions at North Dakota State University, Utah State University, and Southern Utah University, and was one of the founders of the Strata Policy. He is the (co) author or editor of numerous books including Green V. GreenNature Unbound: Bureaucracy vs. the Environment, The Reality of American Energy,  and Politics and Quality of Life: The Role of Well-Being in Political Outcomes. He has also (co) authored numerous articles in academic journals including Public ChoiceThe Independent ReviewApplied Research in Quality of Life, and the Journal of Private Enterprise. His research explores how policy can be better crafted to achieve greater individual autonomy and prosperity.

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Research Publications by Ryan M. Yonk

Title: Exploring the case of The White Moustache: Entrepreneurship and regulatory capture in the milk products industry

Authors: RM Yonk, K Harris, RC Martin, B Anderson

Publication: Journal of entrepreneurship and public policy 6 (1), 41-59, 2017

Title: From Equality and the Rule of Law to the Collapse of Egalitarianism

Authors: JR Harrigan, RM Yonk

Publication: The Independent Review 22 (1), 27-36, 2017

Title: Impact of Ranked-Choice Voting on Incumbents

Authors: L Hemmert


Title: Political party impacts on direct democracy: The 2015 Greek austerity referendum

Authors: ME Hansen, WF Shughart, RM Yonk

Publication: Atlantic Economic Journal 45, 5-15, 2017

Title: The reality of American energy: the hidden costs of electricity policy

Authors: RM Yonk, J Lofthouse, M Hansen

Publication: ABC-CLIO, 2017

Title: Boon or Bust: Wilderness Designation and Local Economies.

Authors: RM Yonk, BC Steed, RT Simmons, RC Martin

Publication: Journal of Private Enterprise 31 (3), 2016