Colgate University, USA, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Initiatives, Colgate University, Hamilton NY, USA
Immigration, macroeconomics, education, economics pedagogy, growth
Associate Professor of Economics, Colgate University (2008–2015); Assistant Professor of Economics, Colgate University (2001–2008)
PhD Economics, University of Iowa, 2001
“Default risk and private student loans: Implications for higher education policies.” Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 64 (2016): 119–147 (with F. Ionescu).
"The effects of international migration on the well-being of native populations in Europe." IZA Journal of Migration 2:12 (2013) (with W. Betz).
"The short and long run determinants of less-educated immigrant flows into U.S. states." Southern Economic Journal 80:2 (2013): 414–438 (with C. Sparber).
“What should be taught in intermediate macroeconomics?” Journal of Economic Education 44:1 (2013) 74–90 (with P. deAraujo and R. O’Sullivan).
“Happiness and international migration.” Journal of Happiness Studies 12:5 (2011): 819–840 (with L. Polgreen).
Push and pull factors drive the decision to stay or moveNicole B. Simpson, June 2017There are a myriad of economic and non-economic forces behind the decision to migrate. Migrants can be “pushed” out of their home countries due to deteriorating economic conditions or political unrest. Conversely, migrants are often “pulled” into destinations that offer high wages, good health care, and strong educational systems. In making their decision, individuals compare the net benefits of migration to the costs. By better understanding what forces affect specific migrant flows (e.g. demographic characteristics, migrant networks, and economic conditions), policymakers can set policy to target (or reduce) certain types of migrants.MoreLess