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).

I study applied microeconomics, including labor economics, public economics, the economics of education, and health economics. Broadly, my research considers how people and institutions make decisions about education, how these decisions affect longer-run outcomes, and how public policies affect both.

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