William Skimmyhorn

Assistant Professor of Finance and Economics


William Skimmyhorn is an Assistant Professor of Finance and Economics. Prior to joining the William & Mary faculty, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the United States Military Academy, West Point from 2012 to 2018. While there, he served as the inaugural Long-Term Research Coordinator for the U.S. Army Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis, where he was responsible for providing analytic support to senior government leaders, managing a research network of leading scholars at more than a dozen institutions nationwide, and designing research and program evaluations to improve public policy.  He researches the causes and consequences of individual financial decision-making and human capital development. This research contributes to fields including household finance, behavioral finance and behavioral economics, public economics, labor economics, and the economics of national security.  He has presented his research at academic conferences around the country and to policy-makers in a variety of settings, and published in journals including the Review of Economics and Statistics, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and the Annual Review of Economics. His research has been cited by Congressional commissions, international and national governmental agencies and non-profit organizations, and it has received coverage from Forbes, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.  He earned a B.S. degree in Economics from the United States Military Academy, West Point, an M.S. degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University, an M.A. degree in International Policy from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University. Prior to arriving at William & Mary, Professor Skimmyhorn was a career military officer in the U.S. Army as an aviator and economist.