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- Ph.D., Economics, Michigan State University, 2020
- M.A., Economics, Michigan State University, 2016
- B.S., Economics and Mathematics, Ursinus College, 2015
Academic & Professional Experience
- Assistant Professor, Miami University, 2020-present
- Research Affiliate, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), 2021-present
- Research Affiliate, College Crisis Initiative, 2020-present
- "Is a Name Change a Game Change? The Impact of College-to-University Conversions." Economics of Education Review, 88, 2022.
- "The Influence of Peer Institutions on Colleges' Decisions: Evidence from Fall 2020 Reopening Plans" (with Emily Cook and Allison Luedtke). Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 195, 2022.
- "Do Health Insurance Mandates Spillover to Education? Evidence from Michigan's Autism Insurance Mandate" (with Scott Imberman & Michael Lovenheim). Journal of Health Economics, 80, 2021.
- "Community College Program Choices in the Wake of Local Job Losses." Journal of Labor Economics, 39(4), 2021.
- "Effects of Reduced Community College Tuition on College Choices and Degree Completion." Education Finance and Policy, 16(3), 2021.
Honors & Awards
- Creativity & Innovation Award, Miami University, 2022
- Honorable Mention, AEFP Jean Flannigan Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2021
- University Distinguished Fellowship, Michigan State University, 2015-2020
- Department of Economics Excellence-In-Teaching Award, Michigan State University, 2018
- Phi Beta Kappa, Ursinus College, 2014
Riley Acton received her Ph.D. in economics from Michigan State University in 2020 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. She is an applied microeconomist who specializes in the economics of education. Much of her current research focuses on how students choose where to apply to and enroll in college and how colleges can affect their local communities. Dr. Acton enjoys teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in microeconomics, advising Miami's Women in Economics club, and mentoring student research.
- ECO 315 B 11:40AM-1:00PM MW LWS 304
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