Ryan M. Yonk

Ryan M. Yonk is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and Assistant Research Professor of Economics and Finance at Utah State University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Georgia State University, and he was formerly Assistant Professor of Political Science at Southern Utah University.

Professor Ryan’s articles have appeared in such scholarly journals as Public Choice, The Independent Review, Political Perspectives, Applied Research in Quality of Life, and Journal of Public and Municipal Finance.

His books include Nature Unbound: Bureaucracy vs. the Environment, Petitioners as a Reflection of Society? A Study of Typology and Policy (with S. Reilly), Green Vs. Green: Conflicts in Environmental Priorities (with Randy Simmons and Brian Steed), and Political Ecology (with Randy Simmons and Brian Steed, forthcoming). He is also the author of policy reports for the U.S. Department of Energy, Center for Public Lands and Rural Economics at Utah State University, Utah Taxpayers Foundation, and Public Service Commission.

Nature Unbound 2016

Nature Unbound: Bureaucracy vs. the Environment | Ryan M. Yonk May 11, 2016
The True Cost of Wind | Ryan M. Yonk June 4, 2015

Independent Review Articles
From Equality and the Rule of Law to the Collapse of Egalitarianism Summer 2017
Bootleggers, Baptists, and Political Entrepreneurs Winter 2010/11

Commentary Articles
We’re Winning Fire Fights, but Losing the War September 6, 2016
Leave Politics Outside Of National Parks August 26, 2016
Solyndra and the Obama Legacy August 8, 2016
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Executive Summary
Five Ways Trump Can Improve Environmental Policy February 20, 2017

Congressional Testimony
Risky Business: The DOE Loan Guarantee Program March 6, 2017

Book Review
Nature Unbound is Reviewed in the Journal of Economic Literature February 6, 2017