Economics Ph.D. Candidate🎓 Curriculum Vitae
I am an Economics Ph.D. candidate at George Washington University. I have an M.A. degree in Economics from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a BS/MS Honors Degree in International Business and Trade from National Chengchi University. Before starting my journey to pursue a graduate degree in the U.S., I was a research assistant at the Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica.
My academic fields cover International Economics, International Business, Econometrics, and Political Economy. I am specifically interested in economic integration theory and empirics, Preferential Trade Agreements' (PTA) economic and political impacts, and the policy coordination between countries. My dissertation uses the CGE model to simulate the counterfactual outcomes of joining the potential PTAs. I also use the DiD method to analyze the political impact of the preferential trade agreement and open-border policies toward Chinese visitors to Taiwan. I have also published a paper using the nonparametric approach, propensity score matching (PSM). We analyze how a self-regulated internal carbon pricing system for Carbon Dioxide emission affects the operation performance among the MNEs.
I believe that politics and economics are inseparable. Having chances to do the research, pass on the knowledge of international economics, and work as an expert to consult with government agencies, are my primary motivations for pursuing a career as an economist. Since I have witnessed the economic miracle growing up in Taiwan, where the export-oriented policies exacerbated the economic growth and soon triggered democratization, I know the importance of balancing development and distribution in the export-oriented economy. For instance, the project I worked on at Academia Sinica revisits the decennial wage rigidity in Taiwan's labor market after Millenium. We found there was a public misunderstanding of the timing of the economic downturn. Furthermore, after autotomizing compensation trends across the different age groups, we argued that higher education reform in Taiwan shouldn't be responsible for the sluggish growth. Instead, the slowly-adjusted trade and FDI policies under the multilateralism regime were the keys.
On the other hand, the recent increasing frequency and magnitude of the political movements among Asian emerging markets demonstrate another example of the synergy between trade and politics. Economists once advocate regional integration because it benefits the developing countries, but multilateralism also embarks on social inequality and backlashes political stability. The core of my research interests is to identify the mechanism by constructing the empirical models to test the country's trade policies and delineate the open economy's political-economic equilibria using theoretical models.
Besides being a Ph.D. student, I am a Lecturer, Economist, and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the GW Economics Department. During the regular semesters, I am also responsible for coordinating the discussion sessions of M.S. Program in Applied Economics. I like to help students construct empirical models and solve the various economic problems in the real world and treat teaching courses as another fashion for me to learn. Besides being able to use various statistical packages like Stata, R, and SAS, I have taken such courses as Real Analysis and Advanced Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. After being named as the principal teaching assistant of Master Program in Applied Economics, I help students solve the problems and hold weekly office hours for those enrolling in the master-level Probability and Statistics, Applied Microeconometrics, and Time Series Analysis. Furthermore, I taught an graduate-level Survey of International Economics (syllabus) via Blackboard Ultra virtual evironment in Summer 2020.
I participate in most of the academic seminars and workshops held in GW Economics. I am a member of H. O. Stekler Research Program on Forecasting and Student Association for Graduate Economists (SAGE). Outside GW, I hold student memberships of American Economics Associations (AEA), International Trade and Finance Association (IT&FA), National Association of Business Economics (NABE), The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), and Southern Economics Association (SEA).
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