Nicole B. Simpson is the W Bradford Wiley Professor of Economics at Colgate University and is the current Department Chair. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Iowa. She has been at Colgate University since 2001. Between 2011-2012, she was named the Gretchen Hoadley Burke ’81 Endowed Chair in Regional Studies at Colgate. Since 2012, she has been a research fellow at IZA. Between 2014 and 2018, Simpson was the associate dean for international initiatives at Colgate.
Simpson is an economist who works on issues related to immigration, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and education. Her current work has focused on studying the determinants of immigration, the impact of the EITC on labor supply when households face credit constraints, and the relationship between credit and college investment. Her work has been published in the Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Development Economics, American Economic Review, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Education and Contemporary Economic Policy. She published a textbook entitled the Economics of Immigration; the second edition was released in 2020.
She teaches courses in macroeconomics, international economics, and poverty. Simpson coordinate the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Colgate, where students file income taxes for local low-income households. She was the faculty director for the London Economics Study Group in 2007 and 2011 and directed an extended study trip to Argentina with the Benton Scholars in May 2013. She also taught a Sophomore Residential Seminar in 2019-20 which traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border. Professor Simpson also coordinated the first Fed Challenge team at Colgate in 2013, which competes in the New York District College Fed Challenge competition.
BA, University of St. Thomas, 1996; MA (1998), PhD (2001), University of Iowa
Intermediate Macroeconomics, Topics in International Economics (Open-Economy Macroeconomics), Applied Economic Theory, Causes and Consequences of Immigration (FSEM), Economics of Immigration, Seminar in International Economics, Introduction to Economics, Economics of Poverty, Fed Challenge
Immigration, macroeconomics, the EITC and education.
- Simpson, N. and C. Sparber, 2020. “Estimating the determinants of remittances originating from U.S. households using CPS Data.” Eastern Economic Journal 46: 244-272.
- Hines, A. and N. Simpson. 2019. “Migration, Remittances, and Human Capital Investment in Kenya.” Economic Notes, Special Issues on Migrant Remittances, 1-18.
- Simpson, N. 2017. "Demographic and economic determinants of migration,” IZA World of Labor, 373 doi: 10.15185/izawol.373
- Ionescu, F. and N. Simpson. 2016. “Default risk and private student loans: Implications for higher education policies.”Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 64: 119-147.
- Simpson, Nicole and Chad Sparber, 2013. “The Short- and Long-Run Determinants of Less-Educated Immigrant Flows into U.S. States.” Southern Economic Journal, 80(2): 414-438, October. Web appendix.
- Betz, William and Nicole Simpson, 2013. “The Effects of International Migration on the Well-Being of Native Populations in Europe,” IZA Journal of Migration 2:12.
- de Araujo, P., R. O’Sullivan and N. Simpson, 2013. “What Should Be Taught in Intermediate Macroeconomics?” Journal of Economic Education, 44(1), 74–90.
- Polgreen, Linnea and Nicole Simpson, 2011. "Happiness and International Migration." Journal of Happiness Studies 12(5), 819-840.
- Athreya, K, Reilly, D. and N. Simpson, 2010. “The Earned Income Tax Credit: Life-cycle Income, Marginal Tax Rates, Wealth and Credit Constraints.” Economic Quarterly, 96(3): 229-258.
- Simpson, N., Tiefenthaler, J. and J. Hyde, 2010. “The Impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit on Economic Well-being: A Comparison across Household Types,” Population Research and Policy Review 29:843-864.
- Mitchell, D., Rebelein, R., Schneider, P., Simpson, N. and E. Fisher, 2009. “A Classroom Experiment on Exchange Rate Determination with Purchasing Power Parity,” Journal of Economic Education 40(2), 150-165.
- Fairchild, Stephen and Nicole B. Simpson, 2008. “A Comparison of Mexican Migrant Remittances across U.S. Regions,” Contemporary Economic Policy 26(3), 360-379.
- Blankenau, William F., Nicole B. Simpson and Marc Tomljanovich, 2007. “Public Education Expenditures, Taxation and Growth: Linking Data to Theory,” American Economic Review 97(2), 393-97.
- Athreya, Kartik B. and Nicole B. Simpson, 2006. “Unsecured Debt with Public Insurance: From Bad to Worse,” Journal of Monetary Economics 53(4), 797-825.
- Polgreen, Linnea and Nicole B. Simpson, 2006. “Recent Trends in the Skill Composition of Legal U.S. Immigrants,” Southern Economic Journal 72(4), 938-57.
- Simpson, Nicole B., Tomljanovich, Marc I. and Georgiev, George, 2005. “Macroeconomic Fundamentals and Net Portfolio Investment between Developed Regions,” International Finance 8 (2), 303-27.
- Blankenau, William F. and Nicole B. Simpson, 2004. “Public Education Expenditures and Growth,” Journal of Development Economics 73(2), 583-605.
- Fairchild, Stephen and Nicole B. Simpson, 2004. “Mexican Migration to the United States Pacific Northwest,” Population Research and Policy Review 23(3), 219-34.
- Bansak, C. and N. Simpson, 2018. “Updating an ODA policy in Canada: the role of global remittances in development.” Briefing Paper in the School of Public Policy Publications (SPPP), University of Calgary.
- Simpson, N. 2017. "Demographic and economic determinants of migration,” IZA World of Labor, 373.
- Bodvarsson, O., N. Simpson and C. Sparber, 2015. "Migration Theory: Determinants of Immigration." Handbook on the Economics of International Migration. Editors: Barry Chiswick and Paul Miller, Elsevier Inc.
- Simpson, Nicole, 2014. “Families, Taxes and the Welfare System,” Family Economics: How Households Impact Markets and Economic Growth. Editor: Esther Redmount, ABC-CLIO. IZA Discussion Paper 7369.
- Simpson, Nicole, 2013. “Happiness and Migration,” International Handbook on the Economics of Migration, Editors: Klaus F. Zimmermann and Amelie F. Constant, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.
- London Economics Study Group, Fall 2007 and Fall 2011
- Benton Scholars Program Extended Study to Argentina, May-June 2013
- Sophomore Residential Scholars to U.S.-Mexico border, January 2020
Referee: Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Canadian Journal of Economics, Southern, Economic Journal, Economic Letters, Journal of Economics Education, Economic Inquiry, Contemporary Economic Policy, Economics of Education Review, Journal of Economics and Business, International Migration, China Economic Review, Migration Studies, Journal of Socio-Economics, IZA Journal of Migration, Journal of Economic Policy Reform, International Migration Review, IZA World of Labor, European Economic Review, Economic Notes, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Happiness Studies, Journal of International Migration and Integration, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.
Membership in: Omicron Delta Epsilon, Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, American Economic Association