Nathaniel Hilger

Assistant Professor of Economics


Nathaniel Hilger joined Brown University and the PSTC in 2013. His research has focused on the economics of education, inequality, and intergenerational mobility. 

One project documents that higher parental income during college-age years causally increases children’s college enrollment, but by much less than comparable changes in financial aid. Another project has demonstrated that kindergarten teachers who causally increase children's test scores also increase children’s future college and labor market outcomes, despite short-term "fade-out" of test scores. His ongoing research and teaching explore historical sources of economic inequality and public policies that aim to help children overcome disadvantaged backgrounds. 


Economics of education, Labor economics, Public economics