End of Year Newsletter

The Department of Economics is delighted to announce the selections of alumnus Jeff Roe, BA ’88, as the 2018 Economics Distinguished Alumnus. Roe joins an impressive group of alumni whose professional achievements and cumulative contributions have brought personal distinction, enhanced the profession, improved the welfare of the general public, and brought honor to the department and the UW. Jeff Roe is the President and CEO of Premera Blue Cross, a prominent health plan headquartered in… Read more
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Each year, 100 students are chosen to be part of the Husky 100, which spans all three campuses, includes both undergraduate and graduate students, and covers all areas of study. Students are chosen for this honor for making the most of their time at the UW. The Department of Economics is thrilled to announce that three of our outstanding undergraduate students have been selected as part of the Husky 100. Each student has written a little something about themselves… Read more
The Department of Economics is delighted to announce that Professor Yuya Takahashi has accepted our offer to join us as a tenure-track assistant professor starting Fall Quarter 2018.  Takahashi is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Johns Hopkins University. His main research field is empirical industrial organization, with a special emphasis on estimation of dynamic games and models of industry dynamics. One of his papers analyzes the exit process of movie… Read more
In a recent vote of the faculty, Rachel Heath was promoted to Associate Professor, with tenure, effective as of Fall Quarter 2018. Heath’s recent work and publications were a leading factor in her promotion, especially her work focusing on the Bangladeshi economy and its relationship with the ready-made garment industry. One her most prominent studies, which she coauthored with Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, of Yale University’s School of Management  focuses on the growing ready-made garment… Read more
This quarter, the undergraduate course on the European Union received visits from two diplomats. Students in Principal Lecturer Michelle Turnovsky’s Economics of the European Union course were treated to lectures and discussions with both his Excellency Dirk Wouters, the Ambassador of Belgium to the United States, and from Boris Ruge, the former Ambassador of Germany to Saudi Arabia, now Deputy Chief of Mission at the German Embassy in Washington, DC.The Honorable Mr. Wouters gave an insightful… Read more
Walt was born on February 27, 1950, in Albuquerque, NM. He was the youngest child of Jesse and Nell Zabriskie. Walt was a proud Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Economics. He later earned his MBA from the Albers School of Business at Seattle University where he was the distinguished scholar in his class. Walt served as CFO at a number of companies, which lead to his CEO position at Titus US for 20 years. He finished his career as a partner at Next Level… Read more
There has been a recent trend among academics to take their talents to the corporate world, especially in the growing tech industry. Professor Pat Bajari serves as an example of such a trend, splitting his time between academia and serving as a Chief Economist and Vice President at Amazon. Bajari’s academic work has been recognized in several ways over the years. Most recently by the Quantitative Marketing and Economics Journal (QME). The QME’s objective is to help bridge the gap between… Read more