Christine P. Ries is Professor of Economics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned her Ph. D. 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.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.
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.