Nicole B. Simpson is the Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Initiatives and a Professor of Economics at Colgate University. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Iowa. She has been at Colgate University since 2001. Between 2011-2012, she was named the Gretchen Hoadley Burke ’81 Endowed Chair in Regional Studies
at Colgate. Since 2012, she has been a research fellow at IZA
As the associate dean for international initiatives, Simpson works with partners around the world to develop meaningful research and teaching experiences for Colgate students and faculty. Among her responsibilities, Simpson oversees the Office of Off-Campus Study
and the Lampert Institute for Civic and Global Affairs
and chairs the Off-Campus Study Committee and Language Council at Colgate.
Simpson is an economist who works on issues related to immigration, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and education. Her current work has focused on studying the determinants of immigration, the impact of the EITC on labor supply when households face credit constraints, and the relationship between credit and college investment. Her work has been published in the Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Development Economics, American Economic Review, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Education and Contemporary Economic Policy
. She recently published a textbook entitled the Economics of Immigration
She teaches courses in macroeconomics, international economics, and poverty. For ten years, Simpson coordinated the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program
at Colgate, where students file income taxes for local low-income households. She was the faculty director for the London Economics Study Group in 2007 and 2011 and directed an extended study trip to Argentina with the Benton Scholars
in May 2013. Professor Simpson also coordinated the first Fed Challenge team
at Colgate in 2013, which competes in the New York District College Fed Challenge
Immigration, macroeconomics, the EITC, and education.
Nicole recently published an undergraduate textbook on the Economics of Immigration