Colin O'Reilly
Colin O'Reilly

Colin O'Reilly

Associate Professor
Heider College of Business


  • Cross-Country Economic Growth and Development
  • Cross-Country and Subnational Income Inequality
  • Institutions and the Natural Resource Curse
  • Economics of Transition / Violent Conflict

Academic Appointments


  • Economics and Finance


  • Associate Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Money and the Financial System


Colin O’Reilly is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Heider College of Business at Creighton University. He is also a scholar at the Institute for Economic Inquiry and the director of the Business Research Fellows program. In 2014 Colin received his Ph.D. in economics from Suffolk University where he studied economic development and capital accumulation fol­lowing violent conflict. His research on institutions and economic development includes case studies of firm investment decisions in Eastern Europe and refugees in Uganda that have been published in Economic of Transition and World Development. Colin has also published cross-country studies on economic growth and inequality in Empirical Economics and Public Choice

Publications and Presentations


  • Niederjohn M.S., O’Reilly C. (2019) Integrating the Economic Way of Thinking into US History Courses. In: Hall J., Lawson K. (eds) Teaching Economics. Springer.



  • "On Track or About to Derail: A Strong Economy with Risks Around Every Corner" Keynote Address at Union Pacific Executive Forum. (Omaha, NE), 2019
  • "Financial Regulation and Income Inequality” Mini-conference for the Quarterly Journal of Accounting and Finance – Institute for Economic Inquiry, Creighton University (July 2019), 2019
  • “Developing the Bottom Billion from the Bottom Up” (Young Scholar) Mont Pelerin Society – Texas (May 2019), 2019
  • “Assessing Economic Understanding in US History” Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference (April 2019), 2019
  • “Violent Conflict and Institutional Change” Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference (April 2019), 2019
  • “Oil Rents and State Economic Policy” Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference (April 2019), 2019
  • Southern Economics Association (November 2018) Presented: Can War Foster Institutional Change?, 2018
  • Christopher Newport University (April 2018)
    Presented: Top Down or Bottom Up? Which Institutions Matter for Economic Development?, 2018
  • Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference (April 2018)
    Presented: Civil War and Institutional Change
    Presented: Assessing the Economic Way of Thinking, 2018
  • Eastern Economic Association Conference (March 2018)
    Presented: Civil War and Institutional Change, 2018
  • Southern Economic Association (November 2017)
    Presented: Oil Rents and State Economic Policy, 2017
  • Emerson College (October 2017) 
    Presented: F.A. Hayek’s Modern Legacy, 2017