Christine Ries

Professor of Economics at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Christine P. Ries is Professor of Economics at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  She earned her PhD in International Business Economics at the University of Chicago and has held faculty positions in Global Corporate Finance at The Harvard Business School, The Fuqua Business School at Duke University, The Peter Drucker Graduate Management Center and the Claremont Graduate University, and Stanford University.  At Claremont she was Senior Associate at the Center for Politics and Economics.  She is now a Senior Fellow at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation, Adjunct Scholar at Foundation for Education in Economics, Faculty Associate at Georgia Tech’s Program in Science Technology and Innovation Policy and a member of the selective Policy@Tech Campus Partners.  

Dr. Ries studies and teaches principles of free markets economics and their application in corporate decision making and the creation of economic value for companies and countries.  She has worked on problems in global corporate finance for companies and banks such as Morgan Guaranty, CitiCorp, Barclays, Chase Manhattan Bank, IBM, and Lucky Goldstar Group. This work tied together foreign exchange risk management, corporate decisions, strategy and corporate value.  She has addressed corporate political risk in assessing how corporate strategies predict and respond to shifts in government trade, commercial and capital controls policies.  For governments, especially in emerging market countries, she has advised how tax, regulation and capital control policies and laws will alter the relative competitiveness of the country and attract or repel the interests of foreign investors.  She has published many scholarly and professional articles, several books, and many case studies in these interest areas.

After being appointed to the Special Council for Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians in 2010, Dr. Ries focused her expertise on the problem of tax structure and economic growth in Georgia.  On the Council, she organized and promoted private sector teams from mining, manufacturing and agricultural industries to streamline and rationalize Georgia’s tax code describing sales tax exemptions for business.  This code modernization was enacted into law in 2012 and dramatically increased code transparency and reduced the cost of compliance for businesses in Georgia.  She is currently working on a tax calculator that will be available to legislators and the public.  The calculator will facilitate much greater public understanding of tax policy dynamics and improve the quality of public discussion by providing accurate measures of the impact of various tax reform alternatives.

Dr. Ries is a frequent speaker on radio and television and contributes regularly to a number of general interest publications including Georgia Tech’s new faculty blog The Amplifier.