Jeffrey Kuo

Economics Ph.D. Candidate
Trade, Political Economy, and Macro
🎓   Curriculum Vitae
📧   jeffkuo [at]
🏢   324, James Monroe Hall
📌   Washington, DC, USA

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Next Talk: International Trade and Finance Association (5/28/21) || Last Talk: GW-IIEP Development Tea (3/11/21) [video]
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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).


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, submitted on August 7, 2020. Revised and Resubmission, February 14, 2021.

Work in Progress

[4] Impact of Internal Carbon Pricing on Financial and Environmental Performance (with Jialu Ma)
This project is scheduled to be presented at 81st Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meeting.

[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 the GW-IIEP Development Tea Webinar on December 11, 2020. [video]
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 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.

GW-Host Economics Seminars
Field Seminars Time (ET) Host/Coordinator
Applied Micro GW Applied Microeconomics Seminar Series W 12:30 PM Bryan Stuart
Macro International 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 Seminar 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 (U of Rochester)
International Macro/Trade/Finance Seminar Series R 12:30 PM World Bank & IMF
International Seminar Series in International Economics M 12:00 PM Georgetown
(Sharat Ganapati & Ferdinando Monte)
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=22 (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

Office Hours

Spring 2021: Monday 4:00-5:00 & Thursday 4:00-6:00 pm via Cisco WebEx.


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Spring 2021 Discussion Session Schedule for MA Applied Economics
● Past Discussion Sessions Schedule -> Fall 2020 || Spring 2020