© 2019 Ryan Santos


Thank you for visiting my website! My name is Ryan Santos and I am currently a research associate at Columbia Business School. I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business-Economics with Honors from UCLA. On this website, I intend to post updates on research projects I am working on along with useful resources related to economics.

I hope to become an applied microeconomist with interests primarily in labor, public, and development economics. I also am interested in political economy, economic history, and cultural economics. Specific topics of interest include the economics of education, economic effects of immigration, and the role of institutions on economic outcomes.

More information on what economists do and why I study economics can be found here. Please feel free to contact me at rsantos706@g.ucla.edu for any questions.


Ryan Santos

"Once one starts to think about them [questions about economic development], it is hard to think about anything else." Robert E. Lucas Jr.



From growing up as a second-generation Filipino American in San Diego to living abroad in Japan and Singapore, I seek to better understand the historical process of factors that contribute to economic outcomes. ​In particular, I am interested in the role of institutions and culture and their importance for economic development and labor market outcomes. For example, I plan to study the rich history of the Philippines to analyze the impact of colonialism on the outcomes of the country and its people. These periods of colonialism have influenced religion, social preferences, culture, education, migration, state formation, and many more, that contribute to present economic performance. A careful understanding of the importance of local context can lead to better designed policies and institutions. 

With that said, I hope to pursue research that will help better inform policy to increase their effectiveness. Apart from pursuing research and engaging with policy, I hope to teach in the future to motivate others, especially those underrepresented in the economics field, in being more curious about the world they lived in and see if a particular field of economics attempts to answer those questions. 


B.A. in Business-Economics with Departmental Honors, 2019, UCLA

High School Diploma, 2015, Singapore American School


Places I Call Home

San Diego - Tokyo - Singapore - Los Angeles