Office: 435-Q CTB​
Phone: 801-422-0508
Email: ​riley_wilson@byu.edu

Curricu​lu​m V​itae​​

Public Economics​​
Labor Economics 
Applied Microeconomics

Riley Wilson

Assistant Professor


PhD, University of Maryland, 2018
MA, University of Maryland, 2016
BA, Brigham Young University, 2013

Research and Professional Experience

Riley's research is at the intersection between public and labor economics, and explores topics such as households' decisions to move to economic opportunity, marriage and fertility decisions among disadvantaged households, and responses to market interventions by the government. His work has been cited in the Washington Post, the Freakonomics Podcast, Marginal Revolution, and The Economist. He received his Ph.D. from the University Maryland in 2018 and earned BA in Economics and Russian from Brigham Young University in 2013.​

Selected Publications and Working Papers

"Male Earnings, Marriageable Men, and Non-Marital Fertility: Evidence from the Fracking Boom​," 2018, Review of Economics and Statistics, 100(4): 678-690, with Melissa Kearney.​

"Moving to Economic Opportunity: The Migration Response to the Fracking Boom," 2018, Revise and Resubmit at Journal of Human Resources

"Moving to J​obs: The Role of Information in Migration Decisions​​," 2019, (job market paper) under review

"The EITC and Employment Transitions: Labor Force Attachment, Annual Exit, and the Role of Information​," 2019, Revise and Resubmit at National Tax Journal

​"Publicly Provided Preschool and Maternal Labor Supply: Evidence from Three Head Start Natural Experiments," 2019 with Jocelyn Wikle.

"The Impact of Social Networks on EITC Claiming Behavior," 2019

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