Prior to joining the Department of Economics at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2001, Ralph Byrns taught at Rice, Clemson, Metropolitan State College at Denver, the University of Colorado at Denver, the University of Colorado, Boulder, Loyola University of Chicago, Greensboro College, and Duke University. His interests include economic methodology and philosophy, behavioral economics, the sociology of economics as a discipline, and the economics of personal relationships.
Byrns' writings for economic education currently focus on Economicae: an Interactive Encyclopedia for Economics, and heís seeking a coauthor for an intermediate microeconomics text. A fellow of UNCís Parr Center for Ethics and named as Core Faculty for the Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics [PPE] Program, Byrns earned a B.S. from Arizona State University (1965), and an M.A. (1972) and Ph.D. (1977) from Rice University. He and his wife, Patricia J. Byrns (M.D. faculty, UNC Medical School) live in Chatham County. He enjoys reading about philosophy, science, and politics, plays golf wretchedly, and won the Institut fur Strategiespiele's "World On-Line Backgammon Championship" tournament on MSN Zone in 2002."
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