Recent News

The Department of Economics is delighted to announce that economics major Alexander Peterson has been named a recipient of the 2017-2018 President’s Medalist Award. Alexander will be awarded the Sophomore Medal at a private reception with University President Ana Mari Cauce. The awardees are selected by a committee that evaluates the students’ GPA, rigor of classes, and number of honors classes taken in all previous quarters. Students do not apply for this award; it is meant to celebrate the top student in each class.
As part of their 25th anniversary commemorative program, the Baker Institute at Rice University, sponsored a conference entitled “Prospects for Economic Growth in the United States”, held on December 6-7. The motivation for the event, as they announced it, was that “although economic growth has long been the engine of prosperity in the United States, recent economic, demographic and political trends have created strong headwinds that may limit future US economic growth”.
The department of Economics is delighted to announce that Jeffrey Smith, BA ’85, has been chosen as the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus. Smith 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.
Last year, the Department of Economics lost one of its most dedicated alumni, Walt Zabriskie. Walt was an active member of the Visiting Committee and was the driving force in the creation of the Mentorship program. Because of his years of dedication, a group of alumni decided to start the Walter J. Zabriskie Endowment in Economics for Mentorship and Career Development, as a way to honor his memory, and to ensure financial support for the program he helped create. 
North American ​Summer Meeting of the Econometric SocietyJUNE 27-30, 2019 // Seattle, Washington Organized by Chang-Jin Kim, Stephen Turnovsky and Quan Wen, University of Washington