Nicole Simpson

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Nicole Simpson

W. Bradford Wiley Professor of International Economics; Chair, Department of Economics

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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. She is a research fellow at IZA and the GLO. 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 immigration, 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.

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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.

  • 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