Ryan Decker

Assistant Professor of Economics; Director of the Center for Financial Literacy, Economics


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+1 630 637 5248

rmdecker@noctrl.edu

Dr. Ryan Decker is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance. Dr. Decker is also the founder and Director of North Central College's Center for Financial Literacy.

Dr. Decker is a proud graduate of North Central College. After graduation, Dr. Decker completed a Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

After his doctoral work, Dr. Decker spent a number of years as an experienced Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Dr. Decker worked predominantly in the Financial Transactions Transfer Pricing practice, based in Chicago. Dr. Decker became a national expert on treasury-related transfer pricing issues and assisted treasury and tax teams of multinational corporations in designing, pricing, documenting, and defending transactions including intercompany revolvers, loans, cash pooling, and other financial instruments.

Aside from focusing on financial transactions, Dr. Decker worked with clients in the consumer products, large manufacturing equipment, and web-based sectors. Dr. Decker achieved considerable experience with intellectual property-related transfer pricing issues. Most recently, Dr. Decker assisted a large multinational client (global revenue approx. $80B) strategically negotiate a series of bilateral and unilateral Advance Pricing Agreements in the US, and abroad, related to intellectual property licensing transactions in the consumer products industry.

Dr. Decker is a published author and is experienced in performing macro- and microeconomic research and analyses relating to a variety of issues including transfer pricing adjustments in recessionary environments, the economic useful life of advertising, incentives within licensing arrangements, interest rates, and profit split methodologies encompassing multiple taxing jurisdictions.

Dr. Decker is happy to bring his invaluable expertise from working with the world's largest corporations into the classroom. Dr. Decker's real-world applications of economics and finance help bridge the gap between classroom theory and actual international business incentives and operations.

Additionally, Dr. Decker is passionate about improving financial literacy at all levels of society. Dr. Decker is an accomplished international public speaker on financial literacy topics and is the founder of NCC's Center for Financial Literacy. Dr. Decker also consults with small business on how best to effectively convey financial benefits to their employees. Dr. Decker believes that every member of society should have an opportunity to be financially literate.

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Selected Scholarship

Decker, R., Chandrasekhar, K., and Rostagno, M. (December 29, 2016). Negative Interest Rates: A Transfer Pricing Perspective, Tax Management Transfer Pricing Report, Vol. 25. https://www.pwc.com/gx/en/tax/transfer-pricing/assets/bloomberg-bna-transfer-pricing-report-negative-interest-rates-a-transfer-pricing-perspective%20.pdf

Decker, R., Dadzie, R., Dust, A., and Lostumbo, N. (November 23, 2015). Profit Splits Post-BEPS: Quantifying an MNE’s Intangibles, Tax Notes International, Volume 80:8. https://www.pwc.com/us/en/tax-services/publications/profit-splits-post-beps.html

Decker, R., Dust, A., and Lostumbo, N. (2014). The Economic Useful Life of Advertising, Ford Taurus: A natural experiment case study. Working Paper.

Decker, R., Fijol, D., Ilic, I. (2016). Chapter 6: Resale Price Method (RPM) and Alternatives to Traditional Buy-Sell Distributors. In William H. Byrnes (ed), Practical Guide to U.S. Transfer Pricing, Third Edition, LexisNexis Group. https://store.lexisnexis.com/products/practical-guide-to-us-transfer-pricing-third-edition-skuusSku60720

Decker, R., Fijol, D., Ilic, I. (2016). Chapter 4: Finding and Selecting Comparables. In William H. Byrnes (ed), Practical Guide to U.S. Transfer Pricing, Third Edition, LexisNexis Group. https://store.lexisnexis.com/products/practical-guide-to-us-transfer-pricing-third-edition-skuusSku60720

Courses Taught

ECN 250 Principles of Microeconomics

ECN 310 Economics of Sports

ECN 320 Industrial Structure and Public Policy

ECN 445 Econometrics

FIN 370 Wealth Management