Riley Acton

Research Affiliate - Economics

Assistant Professor of Economics, Miami University

Riley Acton is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University who specializes in the economics of education. Her current areas of interest include the causes and consequences of decisions made by higher education institutions, the effect of local labor market shocks on K-12 and college students, and the impact of school finance policies on educational outcomes. Her work has been published in scholarly outlets such as the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of Health Economics, and Education Finance & Policy, and has received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Acton received her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics from Ursinus College in 2015 and her Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University in 2020.