Economics Department

Nicholas Wilson

Associate Professor of Economics

Department of Economics
Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

Office: Eliot 415
Phone: (503) 517-7733
Personal Website

Nicholas Wilson is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at Reed College.  He has spent the past four years serving an appointment as Fellow on The White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team.

His research focuses on fundamental puzzles about human behavior in the context of health, development, and behavioral economics.  These include “how do individuals respond to improvements in health technology?” and “why do individuals invest so little in preventive health inputs?”.  The majority of his research projects are randomized controlled experiments or quasi-experimental projects using geo-spatial data.  The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the University of Chicago Population Center, and the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) have funded his work.  He is the co-recipient of the 2019 Kuznets Prize.

Prior to joining Reed College, he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and an Assistant Professor of Economics at Williams College. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Brown University, MA in Economics from Brown University, MPA in International Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and BA in Economics from Reed College.

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