Chad Sparber

Associate Professor of Economics, Colgate University

Chad Sparber is an Associate Professor at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He joined Colgate in 2006, and has been an external research fellow at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration at University College London since 2009. He received his PhD in economics from the University of California – Davis in 2006 and his BA in economics from Western Washington University in 2000.


Chad’s research examines the economic causes and consequences of immigration with a focus on the US economy. Though his work explores issues related to immigrants with both low and high levels of educational attainment, his most recent work has concentrated on immigrants who are seeking or have obtained a college degree. He received a National Science Foundation grant in 2015 to support his research on the H-1B program. Chad's work has been published in The Review of Economics and Statistics, The American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, The Journal of Labor Economics, The Journal of Urban Economics, and The Journal of Development Economics. It has also been discussed in the Economic Report to the President and cited by the Council of Economic Advisors, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and The New York Times.


Chad teaches courses on the Economics of Immigration, International Economics, the Economics of Race and Ethnicity, and Urban Economics. He served as the chair of the economics department at Colgate from 2014/15 – 2016/17, and he led Colgate’s London Economics Study Group in Spring 2009, Spring 2013, and Fall 2017.

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