Will Olney

Associate Professor of Economics
Schapiro Hall Rm 304


B.A. Wesleyan University, Math & Economics (2002)
Ph.D. University of Colorado, Economics (2010)

Areas of Expertise

  • International Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Applied Microeconomics

CV and Profiles

Curriculum Vitae

Google Scholar Profile

IDEAS Profile


Past Positions

University of Hawaii, Visiting Professor (Spring 2018)

University of Pompeu Fabra, Visiting Professor (Summer 2017, Spring 2014)

University of California Santa Cruz, Visiting Professor (Fall 2013)

Williams College, Assistant Professor of Economics (2010-2016)

Carl McGuire Center for International Studies, Research Assistant (2008-2009)

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Research Associate (2003-2005)

Mellon Financial Corporation, Analyst (2002-2003)




Globalization and Human Capital Investment: Export Composition Drives Educational Attainment” (w/ Emily Blanchard) 2017, Journal of International Economics, 106: 165-183.
[Working Paper] [Published Version]


English Proficiency and Labor Market Performance: Evidence from the Economics Profession” 2017, Economic Inquiry, 55(1): 202-222.
[Working Paper] [Published Version


Remittances and the Wage Impact of Immigration” 2015, Journal of Human Resources, 50(3): 694-727.
[Working Paper] [Published Version]

Media Coverage: ABC News | OregonianNY Times


Impact of Corruption on Firm-Level Export Decisions” 2015, Economic Inquiry, 54(2): 1105-1127.
[Working Paper] [Published Version]


A Race to the Bottom? Employment Protection and Foreign Direct Investment” 2013, Journal of International Economics, 91(2): 191-203.
[Working Paper] [Published Version]


Immigration and Firm Expansion” 2013, Journal of Regional Science, 53(1): 142-157. (Special Immigration Issue edited by Gianmarco Ottaviano and Giovanni Peri)
[Working Paper] [Published Version]

Media Coverage:  CNBC | Business Insider | NY Times


Offshoring, Immigration, and the Native Wage Distribution” 2012, Canadian Journal of Economics, 45(3): 830-856.
[Working Paper] [Published Version]


Globalization and Investment in Human Capital” (w/ Dan Hickman) 2011, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 64(4): 652-670.
[Working Paper] [Published Version]

Media Coverage:  Business Insider


Was Job Quality ‘Job One’ in the Tri-state Region’s Economic Recovery?” (w/ Loretta Mester) 2004, Regional Highlights,  Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
[Published Version]


Working Papers


Impact of Immigration on Firm-Level Offshoring” (w/ Dario Pozzoli) 2018, IZA Discussion Paper No. 11480.

[Working Paper]   revise and resubmit at The Review of Economics and Statistics


Globalization and Executive Compensation” (w/ Wolfgang Keller) 2018, NBER Working Paper No. 23384.

[Working Paper]   under review

Media Coverage: Harvard Kennedy School | Harvard Law School Brookings | Bloomberg | VoxEUUS News | PAC   


Work in Progress


Cabotage Sabotage? The Curious Case of the Jones Act


Gender Gap Among Top Executives (w/ Wolfgang Keller)


Policy Writing


Globalization and Executive Compensation.” By Wolfgang Keller and Will Olney
Harvard Law School – Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, December 31, 2017.


Globalization and Executive Compensation.” By Wolfgang Keller and Will Olney
VoxEU, June 9, 2017.


How Donald Trump’s Squeeze on Immigrants Will Backfire.” By Will Olney
New York Times, Op-Ed, April 6, 2016.


Professional Service


American Economic Review, Applied Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics (4x), China Economic Review, Contemporary Economic Policy, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Economic Inquiry (11x), Economic Journal, Economics Bulletin, European Economic Review (2x), European Journal of Political Economy, International Economic Review, International Economics and Economic Policy, International Migration Review (2x), International Tax and Public Finance, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Journal of Economic Education, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of International Economics (8x), Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Regional Science (2x), Oxford Economic Papers, Regional Science and Urban Economics (7x), Review of Economics and Statistics, Review of World Economics (3x), Scottish Journal of Political Economy, World Bank Economic Review, World Development (3x)


National Science Foundation (2x)


Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

Class of 1945 World Fellowship, Williams College (2017-2018)
Class of 1958 Research Grant, Williams College (2016)
Research Roundtable Grant, Williams College (2015)
Class of 1945 World Fellowship, Williams College (2013-2014)
Adsit Fellow, Wilcox B. and Harriet M. Adsit Professorship, Williams College (2013-2014)
Project for Effective Teaching, Williams College (2010-2013)
Best Grad Student Paper, Rocky Mountain Empirical Trade Conference, Banff, Can. (2010)
Graduate Teacher Certification, University of Colorado (2009)
Best Grad Student Paper, Empirical Trade and Geography Conference, Melbourne, Aus. (2009)
Graduate Award for Public Policy Research, University of Colorado (2008)
Morris E. Garnsey Fellowship, University of Colorado (2007)
Graduate Fellowship, University of Colorado (fall 2006, fall 2008, spring 2009, fall 2009)