Portrait Photograph of Noah Williams

Noah Williams

Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Economics

College of Letters & Science l Department of Economics

Hometown: Menomonie, WI

Noah Williams is the founding Director of the Center for Research on the Wisconsin Economy (CROWE) and Juli Plant Grainger Professor of Economics at UW-Madison, where has been on the faculty since 2008. A native of Menomonie, Wisconsin, he was previously on the faculty at Princeton University. His research focuses on macroeconomics, particularly monetary policy, social insurance programs, and financial markets. He has published widely, and co-authored several papers with Nobel Prize recipients Lars Peter Hansen and Thomas Sargent. A PhD and BA graduate of the University of Chicago, he is a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and a member of the Economic Advisors Roundtable organized by the WMC and WEDC. His research on state economies, which underlies the work of the Center, has been supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.


  • Wisconsin Economy: Trends in State Incomes, Output, and Employment, and the Impact of policy
  • Taxes and Fiscal policy: Impacts of Taxes and State and National Government Spending
  • Monetary Policy: Impacts of Changes in Interest Rates and Other Central Bank Instruments on the Economy