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Jeffrey Kuo

Hello there, welcome to my site!

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at George Washington University. I hold an M.A. degree in Economics of 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.

My primary research interests are International Economics and Macroeconomics. Meanwhile, I am also interested in Applied Econometrics and its application to the Political Economy. Currently, I am a Lecturer, Economist, and Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Economics Department at GW. During the Spring and Fall semesters, I am mainly responsible for running the discussion sessions for the students of the M.A. Applied Economics Program. Most of the courses I assist in teaching are graduate-level Econometrics, such as Applied Econometrics, Time Series Analysis, and Microeconometrics. In Summer 2020, I will be the instructor of a graduate-level course, ECON 6280 - Survey of International Economics. [Download Syllabus of ECON 6280]

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

Curriculum Vitae

[Download my PDF CV]

Contact Information

E-mail: jeffkuo [at]

Department of Economics
George Washington University
324, Government Hall
2115 G St. NW
Washington, DC 20052


Work in Progress

Je-Uei Kuo (2020)
"Distance is the Soul of Beauty: How do Acquaintances Reform Political 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 encounter larger-scale of ideological realignments over the past decade.
✦ This working project was presented at the GW-IIEP Development Tea Webinar. April 30, 2020.
[Video] [Slides] [Long Abstract]

Completed Papers

Stacey Chen and Je-Uei Kuo (2014)
"Plausible Causes and Solutions to Wage Stagnation of Taiwan," Economic Yearbook, edited by Economic Daily News, pp 32–39. [Link] [Download] (in Chinese)

Je-Uei Kuo (Master Thesis, 2012)
"Non-cooperative and Cooperative Fiscal Policies in a Two-country Differential Games Model" [Link] [Download] (in Chinese)

Seminar Information

Seminar Schedule

GW Economics Seminar - Spring 2020

Seminar Attendance Record

Summer 2020; N=18 || Spring 2020; N=58 || Fall 2019; N=41

Office Hours

For Spring 2020, my regular office hours are 4:00 - 6:00 pm on Thursday on GW Cisco WebEx. If you would like to set up an appointment outside of the regular office hours, please email me.

[Link to My Cisco WebEx Meeting Room]

I am also in charge of scheduling the discussion sessions for the M.A. Applied Economics students. The link followed is the lastest schedule of the discussion sessions.

[Schedule of M.A. Applied Econ Discussion Sessions - Spring 2020]