I am an Economics Ph.D. candidate at George Washington University. I received an M.A. degree in Economics from the 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 Ministry of Science and Technology-sponsored research. The project focused on the decennial stagflation and wage rigidity in modern Taiwan's labor market, which some argue was due to the systematic reformation of education.
My primary research interests encompass International Economics, Political Economy, and Macroeconomics. I realized how imperative globalization, trade, and FDI play parts in transforming the economy due to my personal experience growing up in Taiwan. Furthermore, it is well-believed that openness and economic growth catalyze political reformation, i.e., democratization in modern Taiwan. On the other hand, I also closely witnessed the Sunflower Movement in 2014, which demonstrated that sometimes regional integration created more inequality and backlashed the nation's welfare.
Hence, I believe that politics and economics are closely linked and inseparable. Identifying the mechanism behind the international trade's evolution, economic development, and political system by applying theoretical models and empirical methods has become the core of my research interests. My current research project focuses on the Preferential Trade Agreement across the straits and its effects on Taiwan's elections.
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 responsible for coordinating and teaching the discussion sessions of the M.A. Applied Economics Program. The survey courses I have assisted in teaching are Econometrics and Macroeconomics. After being assigned as the principle teaching assistant of the M.A. Applied Economics Program, I assist the teaching in graduate-level Applied Econometrics, Microeconometrics, and Time Series Analysis. In Summer 2020, I ran an eighteen-student graduate-level course, Survey of International Economics, 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), National Association of Business Economics (NABE), and The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS).
I treat attending the research seminars and workshops very seriously. The workshops serve as the events to learn intriguing research topics and cutting-edge methodologies, allowing us to have a chance to interact with the scholars outside of the GW. I regularly participate in all GW-host Economics Seminars as well as Georgetown University's International Economics workshops. The following are links to the seminars and workshops I often sit in.
Spring 2021: Monday 4:00-5:00 & Thursday 4:00-6:00 pm via Cisco WebEx.
● Feel free to stop by my WebEx room during the regular office hours.
● Appointment via emails or Calendly are preferred, but walk-ins are very welcome too.
● Email me if you would like to set up an appointment outside of regular office hours.