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.
"The EITC and Employment Transitions: Labor Force Attachment and Annual Exit," 2020, National Tax Journal, 73(1): 11-46
"Moving to Economic Opportunity: The Migration Response to the Fracking Boom," 2020, forthcoming at Journal of Human Resources
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"Sheltering in Place and Domestic Violence: Evidence from Calls for Service during COVID-19," 2020 with Emily Leslie. forthcoming at Journal of Public Economics
"Moving to Jobs: The Role of Information in Migration Decisions," 2019, (job market paper) Revise and Resubmit at Journal of Labor Economics
"Access to Head Start and Maternal Labor Supply: Experimental and Quasi-experimental Evidence," 2020 with Jocelyn Wikle. under review
"The Impact of Social Networks on EITC Claiming Behavior," 2019 Revise and Resubmit at Review of Economics and Statistics
"The Winners and Losers from Immigration: Evidence from Linked Historical Data," 2020 with Joe Price and Christian vom Lehn