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


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

ECON 120(F)

Principles of Macroeconomics

ECON 366(S)

International Trade and Development

CV and Profiles

Curriculum Vitae

Google Scholar Profile

IDEAS Profile

SSRN Profile


Past Positions

University of Pompeu Fabra, Visiting Professor (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) 2015, Williams College Economics Department Working Paper #2013-18. forthcoming at Journal of International Economics
[Working Paper]

“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]

“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. (Formerly titled “Do Firms Respond to Immigration?”)
[Working Paper] [Published Version]

“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]

“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

Globalization and Executive Compensation (w/ Wolfgang Keller)


Work in Progress

Impact of Immigration on Firm-Level Offshoring Decisions:Using Danish Employer-Employee Matched Data (w/ Dario Pozzoli)

Trade, Immigration, and Education


Other Writings / Media Coverage

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

Remittances and the Wage Impact of Immigration
Covered by: ABC News, April 5, 2016.

Immigration and Firm Expansion
Covered by: CNBC, July 18, 2016.


Professional Service


American Economic Review, Applied Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics (2x), China Economic Review, Contemporary Economic Policy, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Economic Inquiry (9x), Economic Journal, Economics Bulletin, European Economic Review, 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 Human Resources, Journal of International Economics (5x), Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, Journal of Regional Science (2x), Oxford Economic Papers, Regional Science and Urban Economics (7x), Review of World Economics, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, World Bank Economic Review, World Development (3x)


National Science Foundation


Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

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)