At the end of June, Professor Fahad Khalil ended his second term as the Department Chair. Professor Khalil has served as Chair for the past six years, and in that time he has helped the department grow and adapt. Professor Eric Zivot assumed the position of Chair on July 1st for a five-year term.
Eric Zivot is the Robert R. Richards Professor of Economics in our department, and holds adjunct appointments the Department of Statistics and in the Department of Finance within the Foster School of... Read more
The Department of Economics Graduation Celebration is usually the time of year when all corners of our department gather together to celebrate the accomplishments of each years’ graduating class. Unfortunately, the global covid-19 pandemic prevented us from gathering this year. But, thanks to the dedication and hard work of our staff and faculty, we are proud to present the 2020 Economics Virtual Graduation Celebration...Read more
Congratulations to senior Eileen Drolet, who has been selected as a 2020 Bonderman Fellow! This fellowship provides Eileen and her cohort of fellows the opportunity to travel the world independently for eight months in order to come to know the world in new ways. This year’s fellows have accepted the honor with the caveat that their travel will not take place until it is safe enough to do so, given the global covid-19 pandemic.
Eileen is an Economics major, and is double majoring in... Read more
Principal Lecturer and Co-Director of the Undergraduate program Haideh Salehi-Esfahani is officially retiring as of the end of this academic year. Salehi-Esfahani will remain on as Co-Director of the Undergraduate Program for a period of time, and will teach one large section of Principles of Microeconomics each year. Having joined our Department in 1990, Salehi-Esfahani has taught thousands of students over the years in courses ranging from Principles of Microeconomics, to courses on the... Read more
One of Senior Lecturer Melissa Knox’s fields of research is health economics, and she is particularly interested in the impacts of health-related policies on household decision-making. She recently partnered with other researchers from the University of Washington School of Public Health, Public Health Seattle/King County, and Seattle Children’s Hospital to evaluate the impact of the 2018 City of Seattle’s Sweetened Beverage Tax (SBT). The City of Seattle funded the project.
Knox’s work on the... Read more
In the past few months, the world has been turned on its head due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Washington reacted to this issue early, quickly moving all operations online. We have now reached a new normal of classes being conducted via zoom, teleworking, and quarantine. A part of that normal is an ever changing situation; rules and recommendations need to constantly be monitored. Below are a few UW resources regarding campus operations and State guidelines during coronavirus.... Read more