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Nicky Tynan

(she/her/hers)Associate Professor of Economics (2001)

Contact Information

Althouse Hall Room 219


Primary research interest: economic history with a focus on water and public health in London and the UK during the nineteenth century. Secondary research interests: water infrastructure and development; the history of economic analysis of natural monopolies and network industries. Teaching: economic history, environmental and resource economics, microeconomics and public policy.


  • B.A., University of York, 1991
  • M.S., London School of Economics and Political Science, 1994
  • M.A., George Mason University, 1998
  • Ph.D., 2000

2021-2022 Academic Year

Fall 2021

ECON 222 Environmental Economics
A study of human production and consumption activities as they affect the natural and human environmental systems and as they are affected by those systems. The economic behavioral patterns associated with the market economy are scrutinized in order to reveal the biases in the decision-making process which may contribute to the deterioration of the resource base and of the quality of life in general. External costs and benefits, technological impacts, limits to economic growth, and issues of income and wealth distribution are examined. A range of potential policy measures, some consistent with our life style and some not, are evaluated. Prerequisite: 111.

ECON 371 British & European Econ Hist
Rapid economic development took off in Britain during the eighteenth century. What were the causes and consequences of this first Industrial Revolution? Why did it take place in Britain and not France or other European country? Technological change, along with rapid population growth and migration, resulted in uneven distributional outcomes within and between countries. This course will cover important questions in British and European economic history. Readings will focus on improvements in living standards and efforts made to address unequal outcomes with an emphasis on the impact of industrial development and institutional change. This course may be taught as a Writing in the Discipline or standard elective. Quantitative Economics majors may elect to write an empirical research paper. Prerequisites: 268 and 278. Recommended: 288.