Economics Ph.D. Candidate🎓 Curriculum Vitae
I am an Economics Ph.D. candidate at George Washington University. I received an M.A. Economics degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and an honorable BA-MS joint degree in International Business and Trade from National Chengchi University. Before heading to the U.S. for doctoral study, I was a research assistant at Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica.
My primary research interests encompass International Economics, Political Economy, and Applied Econometrics. For most of my research, I would like to know how activities in an open economy, such as trade in goods and services, international capital flows, foreign direct investment, and regional trade agreements, affect the welfare of the nations, citizens, firms, and policies cooperation between the countries? I am currently analyzing the political effect after open-border policies to the long-restricted Chinese visitors included in a PTA went into effect in Taiwan. I want to know whether and how the exposure of the long-time restricted visitors from China causes the realignment of political ideology across the district-level municipalities.
I believe that politics and economics are inseparable. Having chances to consult with the government and international cooperations regarding the global strategy is my main driven to be an economist. Since I have witnessed the economic miracle growing up in Taiwan, where the export-leading policies exacerbated the economic growth and soon triggered democratization, I know the importance of balancing development and distribution. 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 slow-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.A. Applied Economics Program. I like help students contruct the empirical models to solve the various economic problems in the real world and treat teaching courses as another fashion for me to learn. Besides capable of using various statistical packages like Stata, R, and SAS, I have taken a whole year Real Analysis and Advanced Micro- and Macroeconomics theory courses. After being named as the principal teaching assistant of M.A. Applied Economics program, 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 all 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).