Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Program in Economics at the University of Washington. We offer a program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in economics. The PhD program is for students interested in pursuing advanced study and doing original research in economics. This program develops professional economists for a variety of careers in teaching, in government, in industry, or with international agencies in the United States and abroad.
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director
A recent alumnus, Drew Creal is a time series econometrician and statistician at the University of Chicago. He and his coauthors invented a class of time series models called generalized autoregressive score (GAS) models, which are considered to be a major advance in time series econometrics. They can be used to study a wide range of economic questions in macroeconomics and finance. He attributes his PhD study at the University of Washington as the cornerstone for his success today. The classes he took from his PhD advisor, Eric Zivot, and faculty members Charles Nelson and Chang-Jin Kim started his interest in time series econometrics. These classes and the advice he got from his PhD advisor also laid a solid foundation for his future career.
Professor Wen joined the department in Autumn 2013, and was most recently Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University, specializing in microeconomic and game theory. He has published in leading journals such as Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of International Economics, and Games and Economic Behavior. He completed his PhD at the University of Western Ontario.
Patrick Bajari joined the faculty in 2012 as Professor of Economics, specializing in econometrics and industrial organization. Professor Bajari taught most recently at the University of Minnesota. He previously taught at the University of Michigan, Duke University, Stanford University, and Harvard University. He is a Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and has been a visiting scholar at the Federal Trade Commission, Federal Reserve Banks of Minneapolis and San Francisco and a Hoover Institution National Fellow. He has publications in leading journals such as Journal of Political Economy, Econometrica, American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Rand Journal of Economics, and Journal of Econometrics. He earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota.
Assistant Professor Mu-Jeung Yang joined UW Economics in 2012, after completing his PhD at the University of California – Berkeley. He specializes in macroeconomics with applications to international issues.
NSF FELLOWSHIPS: PhD students Chris Martin and Jamie Douglas received prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. These fellowships are given to outstanding students in NSF-supported disciplines to help support graduate-level study.
Chris’ research looks at the changing nature of fisheries management as a result of stressors such as climate change and pollution. Jamie’s proposal examined the impact of the timing of career interruptions due to childbirth on income levels.
A recent alumnus, Dongwon Lee is Assistant Professor of Economics at University of California – Riverside. His research focuses on understanding the exchange rate dynamics and capital flows of commodity-exporting countries and international reserves management in emerging economies. While at UW, he interacted closely with Profs. Yu-chin Chen and Stephen Turnovsky (his co-dissertation advisers), as well as Kar-yiu Wong and Fahad Khalil. He credits discussions with them with enormously enhancing not just his understanding of international finance but the way he approaches research questions in general.
JOURNAL OF POLITICAL ECONOMY: Laine Rutledge, a current PhD student, had her paper, “Does International Child Sponsorship Work? A Six-Country Study of Impacts on Adult Life Outcomes” (with Bruce Wydick and Paul Glewwe) published in the April 2013 issue. Laine’s research is motivated by a desire to understand the underlying forces that drive cycles of poverty and how market forces can be used to address these problems.
The Department of Economics is housed in Savery Hall, which was built in 1917 and completely renovated in 2009. Savery Hall is situated in the historic Quad, home of many of UW’s famous Yoshino cherry trees. Each spring, the Quad is ablaze in fine, pale pink blossoms.
JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS: Jennifer Meredith, a current PhD student, had her paper, “Keeping the doctor away: Experimental evidence on investment in preventative health products” (with Jonathan Robinson, Sarah Walker, and Bruce Wydick) accepted for publication in the November 2013 issue. Jennifer’s research interests are at the intersection of natural resource economics and development economics; she is currently working in the Fisheries Research Group at the World Bank.
Assistant Professor Ji-Hyung Lee joined us in Autumn 2013, and expects to complete his PhD from Yale University in December, 2013. His research areas include econometric theory, time series econometrics, financial econometrics, and empirical finance. He is published in the Journal of Econometrics and the Econometrics Review.
Professor Heath began teaching in the Department of Economics in 2012, after a 1-year postdoc at the World Bank. She completed her PhD at Yale University in 2011. Rachel specializes in development and labor economics.
2013 PRESIDENTIAL EARLY CAREER AWARD: Alumnus Alan Haynie, PhD ’05, has been awarded a 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on professionals in these fields in the early stages of their independent research careers.
Dr. Haynie, a specialist in natural resource economics and fisheries management, has been an economist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) since 2004 in the Alaska Fisheries Science Center. His research focuses primarily on fisheries management in the North Pacific, where he considers how the various characteristics of fisheries – biological, managerial, economic, and environmental – impact the behavior of the people involved with those fisheries.
Dr. Haynie and other early-career researchers will be publicly recognized “for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach” at a ceremony in Washington D.C. this year.
Dr. Haynie is also an affiliate assistant professor in the Marine and Environmental Affairs department in the UW College of the Environment.
Read the White House press release to learn more about the 2013 Presidential Early Career awardees and the various agencies that support their research.
Assistant Professor Xu Tan joined the Economics Department in Autumn 2013 after completing her PhD at Stanford University. Her research areas include microeconomics, game theory, social networks, and experimental economics. Xu has publications in American Economic Review, Games and Economic Behavior, and Journal of Economic Theory.
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