Publications: Representative Books and Monographs
Modern Microeconomics: Intermediate price theory text and software intended for distribution via internet. In production for EconomicsInteractive.com Publishers. Sample chapters and supplements are available here.
Contemporary Economics: Principles text with extensive interactive supplements via the internet in development for EconomicsInteractive.com Publishers. Sample chapters and supplements are here.
Law and Economics: A Casebook: Samples of a draft of this casebook, which will be distributed via the internet by EconomicsInteractive.com Publishers, are available here.
Great Ideas for Teaching Economics Edited writings on pedagogy. © 2009 Chapel Hill, NC: EconomicsInteractive.com Publishers. 522 pages. Download the full text here.
The Hyperinflation Collection,1 Third Edition, December 1991, New York: HarperCollins Publishers [Anecdotes and artifacts from major hyperinflations, first edition 1987.
Business Law, Principal authors: Arthur Miller and Tom Gossman. (All graphics, summaries, and tables co-authored with Gerald W. Stone.) New York: HarperCollins, Jan 1990, 1188 pages.
Time: Economics 1923-1989, edited with R. Ekelund, J. Greenwald, R. Ruffin, and G. Stone; Chicago: Time, Inc., Oct 1989, 80 p. Economic history excerpted from 56 years of Time magazine.
Exploring Economics;1 January 1984; 412 pages; a one-semester survey text.
An Economics Casebook: Applications from the Law; co-editor G. W. Stone, 185 p., with Instructors' Manual; Santa Monica, CA: Goodyear Publishing Co., March 1980.
Publications: Representative Software and Documentation
Interactive Economics: Internet-based software intended to replace principles of economics textbooks. (Eighty-seven one-hour multimedia scripts have been drafted, and roughly 420 interactive Macromedia Director “movies” were developed, out of approximately 2400 planned.) IE will be accompanied by The Instructors Suite (an on-line Access database being jointly developed with Interactive Media Solutions), which bundles: (a) a 14,000-item Test Bank, (b) an Exam-Generator, (b) on-line Testing, (c) a Test Bank Manager, and (d) an automated Grade Book. EconomicsInteractive.com. In development: Samples available here.
Economicae: An Economics Encyclopedia. (hundreds of web pages, updated constantly). Published by EconomicsInteractive, ©2004-2012. Available here.
Test Banks and Problem Sets (In development for EconomicsInteractive.com.) Available here.
Electronic Companion for Principles of Microeconomics: A Multimedia Approach; with Steven G. Thorpe, San Francisco: Cogito Learning Media, Inc., Spring 2000. Available at amazon.com
MacroStudy and MicroStudy 3- PC and Macintosh economics tutorials, Byrns & Stone, 1991-95.
Macrosim 6 3 - Interactive and print versions of a PC / Macintosh simulation of the macroeconomy. Denver: BRG Group, 1983-90. Byrns & Stone, June 1991-95.
Entrepreneur3 - IBM-PC microeconomic simulation, Denver: Academic Solutions, Jan. 1995.
Laser Disk for Economics3 - A laser disk containing graphs, tables, video clips, and other visuals to help tutor students in principles of economics courses, 1992-1995.
MacroTutor and MicroTutor3 - Self-paced practice quizzes for PCs, Byrns & Stone, 1987-89.
GraphTutor3 - A very efficient [for its time] object-oriented language to present and manipulate complex graphs. Denver: BRG Group, 1989. Denver: Byrns & Stone, June 1991, 1995.
MailRoom3 - A macroeconomic tutorial for IBM-PCs. An adventure format illustrating the dynamics of both market and aggregate supplies and demands, 1989.
Raiders3 - A microeconomic review of supply and demand, elasticity, etc., providing a sense of decision-making under varied market structures. BRG Group, 1987-1989.
Create3 - A Macrosim utility allowing professors to alter parameters and narratives to simulate alternative views of macroeconomic behavior. With Instructors' Manual. Denver: BRG Group, 1987-91.
Testbanks I and II – Principles test banks with computer-based examination generators, 1983-1995.
QuikExam for Windows, a Windows exam generator. Denver: 1994. Version 2.0, 1996.
Study-Calc3 - A graphics generator and spreadsheet program to illustrate economic analysis; e.g., Keynesian cross functions. Denver: Brownstone Research Group, 1987.
Representative Papers and Other Works
“The Demand for Inflation: Preferences and Numeraires,” with Gerald W. Stone, Papers and Proceedings, Fifth International Conference of the North American Economics and Finance Association, v. 1, pp. 243-264, July 1989.
“The Revenue Adequacy of Site Value Taxation in a Ricardian System”, with J. Swint and G. Stone, American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 44/1, Jan 1985, p. 107-20.
“The Proposed First Wyoming Bank-Douglas: Economic Feasibility and Public Need,”
Wyoming State Examiner's Office, August 1978, 86 pages.
“Six Confidential Studies,” Denver: Internal Revenue Service, 1977‑79.
Privacy legislation bars release of titles.
Applications for South Carolina Wetlands of a General Model of Efficient Solutions to Externalities, (Michael Maloney and T. Bruce Yandle) Columbia: Water Resources Research Inst., June 1977, 147 pages.
“Failure of Optimality in a `Loser Pays' Judicial Environment”, Chapter VI in An Economic Investigation of State and Local Judicial Services, ed. by R. Mabry, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, Washington, DC: Nov 1976.
“An Analysis of the Proposed Financial Institutions Act of 1976.” Richmond: The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank, Spring, 1976, 40 pages.
“Governmental Flim-Flam,” Review of Industrial Management, Vol. 8/1, Spring 1976.
“Inflation: Issues and Answers,” Clemson World, ed. by R. Cornwell, Jan 1975.
“Student Evaluations and Decision Processes,” J. Eatman and G. Stone, in Perspectives in the Decision Sciences, ed. by T. Abernathy and A. Carroll, Atlanta: SE AIDS, 1975.
“Some Perspectives on the Costs of Inflation,” Forum on Inflation; edited by Russell Shannon, Clemson, SC: Clemson University, September 1974.
“On the Cost-Inflationary Impact of High Interest Rates” with Robert F. Hébert, Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 7/3, September 1973.
“The Heroin Problem,” Economics Today, ed. by Russell Shannon, Clemson University Press, July 1973.
“The Energy Crisis;” “Tax Reform”; “The Costs of Inflation”; “Property Taxes”; and various other editorials, The Greenville News, (SC), 1972‑77.
“Consumption and Distribution in the Soviet Union,” with Marvin Jackson, Arizona Business Bulletin, 16/8, p. 200‑8, October 1969.
FY 1968 Budget, Division of Operations Analysis, U.S. Office of Education, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Washington, DC, 1967
Presentations and Miscellany
“The Economics of Finding True Love,” Annual presentation for the Carolina Economics Club. Average attendance is roughly 300 members of the Chapel Hill community; before Valentine’s Day each February since 2002.
“What Defines Fairness? Theories of Justice and Inequality,” Discussion sponsored by the Carolina Economics Club and the Parr Center for Ethics, Panel Member, December 3, 2009.
“Government Intervention in the Free Market: Is it Moral?” Debate with John David Lewis (Randian objectivist) sponsored by the Carolina Review, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, November 11, 2009. Parts … 1 … 2 … 3 … 4 … 5 … 6 … 7 … from You Tube.
“Healthcare Reform: An Ethical Challenge,” Parr Center for Ethics, Panel Member, October 29, 2009.
“Ideas for Success in the Economics Classroom,” workshop session and lecture presented at the Ninth Annual Economics Teaching Workshop, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, October 17, 2009.
“The Roast of Ralph Byrns,” sponsored by the two UNC student organizations ‘Connected for Cause’ and ‘Another Way of Learning,’ University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, October 14, 2009.
“What Went Wrong? A Look Inside the Financial Collapse,” several presentations to, e.g., UNC’s Roosevelt Institution, UNC’s Young Democrats, the Carolina Economics Club, local radio stations, …, fall 2008 and spring 2009.
“The Cost of Leaving and the Cost of Staying: Perspectives on the War in Iraq,” Panel Member, Carolina Economics Club, Spring 2008.
“Democratic and Republican Campaign Platforms,” Panel Member, Joint Meeting of the College Republicans and Young Democrats of University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, October 2004.
“NAFTA After 10 Years,” Panel Member, Roosevelt Institution, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Spring 2004.
“The Economics of War in the Middle East,” Panel Member, Carolina Economics Club, February 2003.
“Interactive Economics: Demonstrations”, and “Workshop on Technology in the Classroom” Presented at SEA meetings, Washington DC: Nov. 1996, and AEA meetings, San Francisco: January 1996 and AEA meetings, New Orleans, January 1997, and the Annual Meetings of the Association of Iowa Economists, Des Moines, IA: January 30, 1997.
“Textbook Prices are Too High! Authors of Economics Texts Tackle an Anomaly for Theory”, Annual Meetings of the Southern Economics Association, Orlando, 1997. Principal author, with co-authorship by William Boyes, Robert Ekelund, Paul Gregory, Charles Maurice, Michael Melvin, Michael Parkin, Roy Ruffin, Gerald W. Stone, and Gordon Tullock, with comments from William Baumol, Olivier Blanchard,* Stanley Brue, David Colander, Richard Lipsey, Campbell McConnell, Jeffrey Perloff,* Paul Samuelson, Bradley Shiller, and Peter O. Steiner
“Multimedia in Principles of Economics Courses”, Panel, AEA, New Orleans., January 1997
“The Market for Adoptable Children”, Panel Coordinator, Eastern Econ. Assoc., Boston: 1994
“Do Principles Texts Contain a Theory of Involuntary Unemployment?” Panel (with Alan Blinder and David Colander), Eastern Economics Association, Washington DC, Spring 1993
“The Future of Multimedia” AEA meetings, Anaheim, CA., January 1993
“Is Multimedia the Future?” WEA meetings, San Francisco, June 1992
“The Future of Banking,” Keynote Address, Texas JC Economics Meeting, Houston, Feb 1992.
“Maximum Price Policies: Legal and Economic Analysis,” with Steven T. Call and Gerald W. Stone, Annual Meetings of the Southern Economics Association, Winter 1990.
Recent Research Interests
How the Age of Americans Affects their Perceptions of Beauty by Race
Do Introductory Economics Courses Affect Perceptions of the Economic Environment?
The Effects of Region, Gender, and Race on Perceptions of Beauty
Perceptions of Beauty and Race: An International Perspective (with Sarah Simon)
Male/Female Enrollments and the Beauty of Facebook Pictures (with Susan Fisk)
The Effects of Economics Courses on the Rationality of Decisions
The Effect of Introductory Economics Courses on Rationality (with Rebecca Martin)
Do Economics Courses Affect Rationality and “Risky” Behavior? (with Alexandra Samet)
Cognitive Anomalies and the Assumption of Economic Rationality:
Are Economists More Rational? (with Douglas Sue)
Sales-Price Framing and Consumer Behavior (with Helen Tauchen and Jennifer Wade)
Endowment Effects in the Behavior of Firms (with Tom Hodges)
Demands for Inflation and Deflation: A Behavioral Analysis (Draft)
Ambiguities in Alternative Treatments of the Macroeconomic Long Run
Alternatives to Economic Assumptions about Behavior
Efficiency Failures When
Civil Courts Use a ‘Loser Pays’ Rule to Allocate Legal Costs
Recent Teaching Awards
Other Quality Indicators
February 17, 2011 comment by the Editorial Board of the Daily Tar Heel, UNC’s student newspaper: "Professor Byrns gave his last “Economics of Finding True Love” lecture on Valentine’s Day. Byrns is beloved by students from all walks of life. His lectures and banter have captivated students for years. He will be missed." Note: The DTH has covered my annual lecture on “Finding True Love,” each February for the past 8 years. Copies of their coverage for in the past two years are available at 2010 and 2011.
Miscellaneous Recent Film Clips featuring Byrns, as posted by students on You Tube. #1, #2, #3
A Daily Tar Heel article from October 10, 2010 discusses my leaving UNC-Chapel Hill here.
The September 2010 edition of Carolina Review, a conservative monthly published by UNC students, identified me as one of three professors whose courses were central to "the Carolina experience."
Honored as among “Great Professors” on a bi-weekly radio program hosted by UNC Student Body President Seth Dearmin, October 9, 2005.
“Best of Carolina,” an annual feature of Carolina Review, listed me as among the top 20 professors at UNC for all years, 2002-2005. Note: This feature ended in 2005.
The “Pit Stop” section of the November 2003 Blue&White featured Eric Johnson, a senior student, who was quoted as giving his brother, a freshman, advice about life at UNC:
“Johnson also advised his brother to appreciate the quality of the professors at UNC-CH. He credits professor Ralph Byrns, who taught Johnson in Economics 185: Financial Markets, a class Johnson wasn't particularly excited about, for his witty character and ability as a teacher.”
Blue&White editors requested a column from me entitled, "What Should Professors Expect from Students?" for its September 2004 edition. A slightly extended version is available here.
The December 2002 Blue&White (a monthly student publication) featured a three page story (available here) entitled “In High Demand”, on how my interactions with students contribute to the intellectual environment and sense of community on the UNC-CH campus.
More than 9,000 UNC students have been among the 21,000 or so enrolled in my courses since 1972. Median student evaluations in upper division classes at UNC are typically 5 on a 5 point scale, and one semester, I rated 5.0 on every question in the standard UNC evaluation form. On student evaluations during 2000-01 from roughly 300 Duke students, one question identified me as the most effective teacher of principles of macroeconomics (spring 2001) and microeconomics (fall 2001). Much of my teaching at the University of Colorado was in sections of 500+ principles students. Surveys identified Principles of Macroeconomics as overwhelmingly the least popular course at the University of Colorado, but nevertheless, on CU-Boulder's 4.0 scale, mean student ratings from 450+ students each semester (1987-96) ranged from 3.43 to 3.92 on the question, “Would you recommend this instructor to a friend?”
All Courses (1971-2011)
Representative Non-Academic Positions
Principal, Academic Solutions, Inc. (interactive media) Englewood, CO
Partner, BRG Group (textbooks and software) Littleton, CO
Board of Directors, Mackintosh Academy (gifted and talented) Denver, CO
Senior Partner, Economic Consulting Services, Denver, Colorado
 This software and documentation are ©1995, Ralph T. Byrns and Gerald W. Stone and, unless otherwise noted, are co-authored with Gerald W. Stone and packaged by Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Boston, MA.