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Jim Bryan - Manhattanville College. Purchase, NY, US

Jim Bryan

Professor Emeritus, Economics, Finance, and Management | Manhattanville College


Focused on issues of poverty, federal tax policy, and redistributive programs such as food stamps.





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Life at Manhattanville: Advising Faculty/Alumni Relations Why Manhattanville: Faculty




Prof. Bryan was the Ryan/Bacardi Professor of Economics and taught at the College beginning in 1984. On three occasions he has been voted Faculty Member of the Year by the Student Government Association, most recently in May 2014. He has also served as provost and dean of faculty, associate provost, and dean of studies. Prof. Bryan is strongly interested in discovering the ways in which students learn best, and he is dedicated to helping his advisees discover their own strengths and what those strengths imply for possible career paths. He teaches courses that apply economics to public policy and examine the economics of competitive strategy and the problems of personal finance, as well as a first-year seminar on what it means to be human. The research program in which Prof. Bryan is engaged analyzes the ways in which public policy can be used to reduce poverty. His current focus is on inequality of opportunity, its effects on intergenerational income mobility, and the public policies that might address these problems. He is co-editor of a book series on the Basic Income Guarantee and is associate editor of Basic Income Studies, an electronic journal.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Economic Policy

Federal Tax Policy

Issues Of Poverty

Redistributive Programs


COVID-19 and the economy

Education (2)

University of Notre Dame: A.B.

Great Books Program

University of Virginia: Ph.D.

Selected Media Appearances (3)

Coronavirus UK – Open letter by over 700 academics & public figures demand basic income to save lives

The London Economic  online


An open letter signed by over 700 academics is calling for emergency universal basic income to provide for all the people facing financial hardship. This pandemic is putting millions of jobs at risk, putting many people into poverty. The letter was originally published in the Independent.

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Why more than 500 political figures and academics globally have called for universal basic income in the fight against coronavirus

Independent  online


We, a growing group of now over 500 academics and public figures on all continents, have signed the following open letter, calling on our governments to enact emergency basic income to save lives.

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The New $10,000 SALT Deduction Cap Is Hitting Westchester Homeowners Hard

Westchester Magazine  online


Jim Bryan, an economics professor at Manhattanville College, notes that last year, home prices fell most in Westchester municipalities like Scarsdale and Harrison, where median home values are highest. Meanwhile, in cities like Mount Vernon and Peekskill, growth rates were in the 16-to-17-percent range. “High-end homes in cities having high property-tax rates have been the hardest hit,” he says. “Cities with lower tax rates and more modest prices are enjoying an increase in the demand for their homes, both within Westchester and in neighboring counties.”

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