Nicole B. Simpson

Colgate University, USA, and IZA, Germany

It is extremely important for researchers and policymakers to engage with one another in timely and important issues to better understand the nuances in the global labor market. World of Labor provides a bridge for that communication to happen

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Initiatives, Colgate University, Hamilton NY, USA

Research interest

Immigration, macroeconomics, education, economics pedagogy, growth

Past positions

Associate Professor of Economics, Colgate University (2008–2015); Assistant Professor of Economics, Colgate University (2001–2008)


PhD Economics, University of Iowa, 2001

Selected publications

  • “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).