Jeffrey Kuo

Ph.D. Candidate in Economics
Trade, Political Economy, and Macro
🎓   Curriculum Vitae
📧   jeffkuo [at]
🏢   324, James Monroe Hall
📌   Washington, DC, USA
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I am an Economics Ph.D. candidate at the George Washington University. I receive 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 responsible for assisting the National Science Council sponsored research. The project focused on the decennial stagflation and wage rigidity in modern Taiwan, which was arguably due to the educational system's reformation.

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-econometric 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 coordinating and teaching the discussion sessions of the M.A. Applied Economics Program. The survey courses I assisted in teaching are Econometrics and Macroeconomics. As I move into the Candidate stage, I assist the teaching in 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 American Economics Associations (AEA) and National Association of Business Economics (NABE).


Completed Papers

[2] 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.

[1] Non-cooperative and Cooperative Fiscal Policies in a Two-country Differential Games Model
National Chengchi University Digital Theses and Dissertations, 2012.

Working Papers / Under Review

[1] The Greener, the Better: Effect of Internal Carbon Pricing on Profitability of Multinational Enterprise (with Jialu Ma)
Business Strategy and the Environment, under review, submitted on August 7, 2020

Work in Progress

[3] A Tale of Three Cycles: A Cointegration Test of the Trade, Political, and Business Cycle in Modern Taiwan.

[2] Stablize the Precarious Triangle: A Bargaining Model of Trade Agreements bewteen U.S., China, and Taiwan.

[1] Is Distance the Soul of Beauty? Evidence of how Open-border Policy Changes Political Ideology in Taiwan [abstract]
This project was presented at Southern Economics Association Annual Meeting on November 21, 2020. [link] [video]
This project was presented at the GW-IIEP Development Tea Webinar on April 30, 2020. [video]

Seminar Information

I treat research seminars very seriously, as the events to learn the intriguing research topics, the cutting-edge methodologies, and interact with the scholars outside of the GW. Regularly, I participate in all GW-host Economics Seminars as well as Georgetown University's International Economics workshops. The following are the links to the seminars and workshops I often sit in.

GW-Host Economics Seminars
Field Seminars Time (ET) Host/Coordinator
Applied Micro GW Applied Microeconomics Seminar Series W 12:30 PM Bryan Stuart
Macro & Int'l GW Macro-Internatinoal Seminar Series W 2:30 PM Tomas Williams
Forecasting H.O. Stekler Research Program on Forecasting R 12:30 PM Tara Sinclair
International Economics/Trade/Macro Seminars
Field Seminars Time (ET) Host/Coordinator
Empirical Trade Emprical Trade Online Seminar (E.T.O.S.) W 3:00 PM F.R.E.I.T. & Georgia Tech (Tibor Besedes)
Trade Macro Virtual International Trade and Macro Seminar R 3:00 PM Dynamic Trade Institute (Univ. of Rochester)
Macro/Trade/Finance Seminar Series R 12:30 PM World Bank & IMF
Georgetown Univ. Internatinal Economics Seminar M 10:00 AM Georgetown University (Sharat Ganapati)
Macro Virtual Macro Seminar Series (VMACS) R 12:00 PM Stockholm Univ. & UCL
International Finance and Macro Seminar M 12:30 PM See OIFM Seminar website
Other Economics Virtual Seminar -> RePEc Economics Webinar Calendar (IDEAS)

My Participation Record

Spring 2021; N=2 (Virtual) || Fall 2020; N=52 (Virtual) || Summer 2020; N=18 (Virtual) || Spring 2020; N=58 || Fall 2019; N=41

Previous Seminar Schedule

Spring 2020 - All GW Economics Seminar

(Online) Office Hours / Discussion Sessions

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M 4:00-5:00 pm - Special Office Hours for Students in ECON 6302 Probability and Statistics
R 4:00-6:00 pm - Regular Office Hours for All Students

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Webex Zoom Skype

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 or calendly 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 Teaching Assistant, I am in charge of coordinating M.A. Applied Economics students' discussion sessions.
● Previous Discussion Session Schedule -> Fall 2020 || Spring 2020