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Nicholas Woolley (On leave)
Assistant Professor of Economics
Phone: (860) 297-2256 Office Location: Williams Memorial 313
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Trinity College faculty member since 2015
General ProfileTeachingResearchHonors/Awards
D.Phil., Univ. of Oxford (2015)
M.Phil., Univ. of Oxford (2010)
B.A., Cornell Univ. (2006)

According to Robert Lucas, “once one starts to think about [economic growth], it is difficult to think about anything else.” Nicholas Woolley has fallen victim to that sentiment.  His research focuses on incorporating theories of economic growth into more mainstream macroeconomic theory.  As many current theories of economic growth rely on the development of new technology, Dr. Woolley’s recent research focuses on the behavior of venture capitalists, who invest in new technology projects.  This has led to incorporation of “new endogenous growth" models with computational macroeconomics, behavioral economics, and financial economics.  In addition, he has a keen interest in economic history and institutional development. 

Originally from Los Angeles, Dr. Woolley received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, where his independent honors thesis was on a game theoretic analysis of the three branches of US government.  After finishing at Cornell, he moved to the UK where he worked as a business development analyst at Lloyds TSB bank in Bristol and London.  Following voluntary work with charities focused on African development, he enrolled at Oxford University for an MPhil, and later a DPhil.  At Oxford, he has done an extensive amount of teaching in the Oxford tutorial system, resulting in half of his students receiving “first class honours.”  In addition, he served as Junior Dean at Pembroke College, where he was responsible for the welfare and discipline of the student body.