William Collins is an economic historian whose research concentrates on twentieth-century labor markets and cities. His recent work has studied inter-regional migration, racial disparities in earnings and educational attainment, and urban renewal programs.
Areas of Expertise (9)
20th Century Economics
Racial Disparities in Earnings
Economic History of the U.S.
Labor & Employment
20th Century Labor Market
Fellow, Brookings Institution
Model-Okun Fellowship in Economic Studies, 2003 – 2004
Senior Economist, Council of Economic Advisers
Labor, Immigration, Education, Welfare; 2006 – 2007
IPUMS-USA/CPS Research Award
Award for “Best Published Work," 2011 and 2018
Jeffrey Nordhaus Award
Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2016
Weatherall Distinguished Fellow and Visiting Scholar
Queen’s University, 2015
Harvard University: A.B., A.M., Ph.D., Economics
- Co-Director, Development of the American Economy Program, National Bureau of Economic Research
- Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
Selected Articles (1)
The Great Migration from the US South is a prominent theme in economic history research not only because it was a prime example of large scale internal migration, but also because it had far-reaching ramifications for American economic, social, and political change. This essay offers a concise review of the literature focused on questions of timing, selection, and migrants’ outcomes, and then offers a more speculative interpretation of how the Great Migration fostered the advancement of Civil Rights.