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August 8, 2023
The Department of Economics was proud to host the Econometrics and Optimal Transport Workshop from June 12-14, 2023. Optimal transport (OT) is the problem of transporting one distribution/shape of mass to another as efficiently as possible, relative to a given cost function. Thanks to its solid mathematical theory and recent breakthroughs in the development of efficient computational algorithms, OT-based... Read more
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July 31, 2023
University of Washington is home to many opportunities for students to expand their learning outside of the classroom. Economics students have long been involved across campus, and we are proud to share some of their recent accomplishments.  The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an opportunity for undergraduates to share their research in poster sessions, panels, and individual presentations with the greater UW community.... Read more
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May 9, 2023
The Department of Economics is proud to announce our 2023 Distinguished Alumnus, Wing Suen (‘88)! Wing will return to University of Washington to give the keynote speech at the Department of Economics graduation ceremony on June 6, 2023.  Wing earned his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 1985, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Washington in 1988. He returned to the University of... Read more
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April 20, 2023
The Department of Economics is proud to announce that Grace Du, a senior studying Economics and Law, Societies, and Justice, has been named one of the Husky 100. This prestigious honor is awarded to undergraduate and graduate students from all three UW campuses that exemplify what it means to be a Husky. We had the chance to sit down with Grace and learn more about her UW experience and the impact of her... Read more
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April 12, 2023
Join the Department of Economics for a seminar presented by Dr. Ramanan Laxminarayan (UW MPH ‘99, PhD Economics ‘99) on Wednesday, May 24 at 3:00 PM in Savery Hall 130. Space is limited, so please RSVP with this form. See the details of Dr. Laxminarayan’s presentation, “On The Value of Disease Surveillance,” below:  Abstract: Disease surveillance enables early detection and response to emerging infectious disease threats but the value of... Read more
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February 28, 2023
Historian and Associate Professor of History Christopher Tounsel recognized the lasting impact of UW Economics alumnus Andrew Brimmer in his latest book, "Bounds of Blackness: African Americans, Sudan, and the Politics of Solidarity.” Check out the ... Read more
photo of Jean Tirole (left) and Fahad Khalil enjoying local hospitality in Dhaka
February 14, 2023
In November 2022, UW Economics Professor Fahad Khalil welcomed Economics Nobel Laureate 2014 Jean Tirole to his alma mater, Dhaka University in Bangladesh.  As part of the Centenary Celebrations of Dhaka University, Jean Tirole was invited to give the 2022 Commencement Speech.  Fahad helped coordinate the visit.  Bangladesh is a major exporter of readymade garments, and Jean Tirole visited a large readymade garments factory outside Dhaka.  Along with the impressive sight of predominantly ... Read more
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February 14, 2023
Mark your calendars! Husky Giving Day 2023 is taking place on April 6, 2023. This 24-hour fundraising challenge is a campus-wide celebration of philanthropy and the amazing work that can be done with support from our alumni, donors, and community.   This year, the Department of Economics will be raising money for the Friends of Economics Fund. This unrestricted fund supports a wide range of departmental initiatives, including:  The Friends of Economics scholarship, awarded to... Read more
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December 29, 2022
The Department of Economics mourns the loss of Professor Emeritus Yoram Barzel (1931-2022), who served as a member of our faculty from 1961 to 2014.   Yoram’s interest in economics sparked as a young adult growing up in Israel. After earning his BA (1953) and MA (1956) in Economics at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he moved to the United States to begin his PhD at University of Chicago. He wrote his dissertation under the supervision of Arnold Harberger and... Read more
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November 30, 2022
The Department of Economics congratulates Eric Lei (UW BS Econ '14) on being names one of Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 2023! While at UW, Eric triple majored in economics, mathematics, and computer science. He now is a portfolio manager at WorldQuant. Read his full Forbes profile here.