Jeffrey Je-Uei Kuo

Ph.D. Candidate in Economics
Trade, Macro, and Political Economy
📧 jeffkuo [at]
🎓 Curriculum Vitae
🌎 Suite 324, 2115 G St. NW
(Government Hall), Washington DC, 20052
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I am a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at George Washington University. I hold an M.A. degree in Economics from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a joint BA / MS degree in International Business from National Chengchi University. Before heading to the U.S. for graduate study, I was a research assistant at the Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, where I was mainly responsible for helping the research relating to the decade's stagflation and wage rigidity in Taiwan.

My primary research interests encompass International Economics, Macroeconomics, and Political Economy, due to the personal experience of witnessing how imperative the Trade and FDI transformed Taiwan's economy. Besides, since I have also seen how economic growth catalysts the democratization and public policies affected by civil demonstrations, I believe that politics and economics are closely linked and inseparable. Hence, to identify the mechanism behind the trade, economic growth, and political system evolution by applying Micro- and Macro-econometrics methods becomes the core of my research interests. My current research project focuses on the Preferential Trade Agreement across the straits and its effects on the elections in Taiwan.

Besides being an ongoing Ph.D. student, I am a Lecturer, Economist, and Graduate Teaching Assistant of the GW Economics Department. During the regular semesters, I am responsible for organizing and teaching the discussion sessions of the M.A. Applied Economics Program. The courses I assisted in teaching are Econometrics and Macroeconomics, such as graduate-level Applied Econometrics, Microeconometrics, and Time Series Analysis. In Summer 2020, I run an 18-student graduate-level course, Survey of International Economics (syllabus), under the virtual environment on Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.

At GW, I am a student member of the H. O. Stekler Research Program on Forecasting and the Student Association for Graduate Economists (SAGE). Outside GW, I hold student memberships of the National Association of Business Economics (NABE) and American Economics Associations (AEA).


Work in Progress

Distance May Well be the Soul of Beauty: An Empirical Analysis of How Trade Agreement Reforms Ideology.

Abstract: This empirical paper tests whether the shock of the tourism policy, as a part of the trade agreement between two long-separated political identities, changes the constituents' political ideology. First, we construct a new data set by merging the geographical information into the Taiwanese electoral database. Then, we run a regression discontinuity (RD) model to test how the influx of Chinese tourists affects the election results. Specifically, we use the district-level electoral data from multiple highest-level elections in Taiwan and take the travel time to the primary airport as a proxy of tourist exposure. With appropriate assumptions on the RD model, we identify the electoral districts with more exposure to the tourists coming from the conflicts region encountering larger-scale ideological realignments over the past decade.

Note: This working project was presented at the GW-IIEP Development Tea Webinar. (April 30, 2020)
[Video] [Slides] [Abstract]

Completed Papers

Plausible Causes and Solutions to Wage Stagnation of Taiwan (with Stacey H. Chen)
The 2014 Economic Yearbook of the Republic of China, edited by Economic Daily News: pp 32–39, 2014.
[Link] [Download] (This paper is published in Traditional Chinese.)

Non-cooperative and Cooperative Fiscal Policies in a Two-country Differential Games Model
National Chengchi University Digital Theses and Dissertations, 2012.
[Link] [Download] (This paper is published in Traditional Chinese.)

Seminar Information

Field Workshops Time (ET) Host
Trade Emprical Trade Online Seminar (E.T.O.S.) W 3:00 PM F.R.E.I.T. & Georgia Tech
Virtual International Trade and Macro Seminar R 3:00 PM Dynamic Trade Institute, University of Rochester
Macro/Trade/Finance Seminar Series R 12:30 PM World Bank Group & International Monetary Fund
Georgetown Internatinal Economics Seminar M 10:00 AM Georgetown University
Macro Virtual Macro Seminar Series (VMACS) R 12:00 PM Stockholm University & University College London
International Finance and Macro Seminar M 12:30 PM Chicago Booth, Stanford GSB, Northwestern Kellogg, NYU Stern, Wisconsin-Madison
Other Economics Virtual Seminar -> RePEc Economics Webinar Calendar (IDEAS)

GW-Host Economics Seminars

GW Applied Microeconomics Seminar Series (W 12:30 PM | Organized by Prof. Bryan Stuart | Google Calendar Schedule)
Brown Bag Seminar Series on Forecasting (R 12:30 PM | Organized by Prof. Tara Sinclair | H.O. Stekler Program of Forecasting)

Previous Seminar

Spring 2020 - GW Economics Department Seminar

My Participation Record

Fall 2020; N=15 (Virtual) || Summer 2020; N=18 (Virtual) || Spring 2020; N=58 || Fall 2019; N=41

Office Hours

My WebEx Meeting Room
R 4:00-6:00 pm - Regular Office Hour for All Students
M 4:00-5:00 pm - Special Office Hour for Prob & Stats
For the Fall 2020 semester, my regular office hours are 4:00 - 6:00 pm on Thursday and 4:00 - 5:00 on Monday via GW Cisco WebEx. Appointment via emails are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Feel free to stop by if you have questions in my responsible TA courses. The assignment of the TA duties of M.A. Applied Economics Program has been released, please check the schedule as followed. Email me if you would like to set up an appointment outside of the regular office hours.

As the principal Graduate Teaching Assistant, I am in charge of scheduling M.A. Applied Economics students' discussion sessions. The following Google documnet link is the latest schedule of the discussion sessions.

[Fall 2020 - Schedule of M.A. Applied Econ Discussion Sessions] (Just Updated!)

For the schedules of previous semesters, please find the following documents.
Schedule of M.A. Applied Economics Discussion Sessions -> Fall 2020 || Spring 2020