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Riley Wilson

Riley Wilson

Assistant Professor

2139 WVB


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.​ He is a Research Affiliate at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).

Selected Publications and Working Papers by Topic

Safety Net Programs:

"The Impact of Social Networks on EITC Claiming Behavior," 2020, Review of Economics and Statistics

"The EITC and Employment Transitions: Labor Force Attachment and Annual Exit​," 2020, National Tax Journal, 73(1): 11-46

"Disability Insurance in the Great Recession: Ease of Access, Program Enrollment, and Local Hysteresis," 2021, AEA Papers and Proceedings, 111: 486-490, with Melissa Kearney and Brendan M. Price.

"Workplace Disruptions, Judge Caseloads, and Judge Decisions: Evidence from SSA Judicial Corps Retirements," 2021, Forthcoming at Journal of Public Economics, with Clayson Shumway*

"The Impact of Claimant Representation Fee Schedules on the Disability Applicant Process and Recipient Outcomes," 2021 with Cody Tuttle.
Center for Retirement Research at Boston College WP#2021-12

"Access to Head Start and Maternal Labor Supply: Experimental and Quasi-experimental Evidence," 2020 with Jocelyn Wikle. under review

Mobility and Migration:

"Moving to Economic Opportunity: The Migration Response to the Fracking Boom," 2020, forthcoming at Journal of Human Resources
data and code

"Moving to J​obs: The Role of Information in Migration Decisions​​," 2020, Journal of Labor Economics

"The Winners and Losers from Immigration: Evidence from Linked Historical Data," 2020 with Joe Price and Christian vom Lehn.
online appendix

"Isolated States of America: The Impact of State Borders on Mobility and Regional Labor Market Adjustments," 2021
Upjohn Institute Working Paper #21-358
Upjohn Institute Research Brief, Upjohn project #15815

Family Economics:

"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.​

"Sheltering in Place and Domestic Violence: Evidence from Calls for Service during COVID-19," 2020, Journal of Public Economics, with Emily Leslie.

*Undergraduate coauthor