Riley Acton

Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Miami University and a Research Affiliate at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) and the College Crisis Initiative (C2i).

My research focuses on the economics of education, but frequently spans topics in labor, public, and health economics as well. Broadly, I am interested in how students, families, and institutions make decisions about education, the consequences of these decisions on student and societal outcomes, and the impacts public policies can have on them.

Before joining the faculty at Miami, I earned my Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University and my B.S. in economics and mathematics from Ursinus College.