George Zuo, who will enter his third year of the Ph.D. program this fall, has just been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation. The NSF GRFP is perhaps the most competitive and prestigious fellowship available to support graduate students in the United States; only 37 fellowships were awarded nationwide this year. The NSF award will give George $34,000 per year for three years, plus funds to cover tuition and fees. Though only just completing his second year, George already has multiple projects underway studying the impact of public policy on juvenile crime, which were the basis for his fellowship proposal.
Not many 7-year-olds dream about a career in public policy, but from a very young age, Rania Al-Mashat (ECON PhD ’01) was determined to blaze her own trail.
Growing up in Cairo, Egypt with parents who both worked in higher education, Al-Mashat had plenty of role models to look to for inspiration.
“Our house was always full of academicians and people who were quite influential in political circles,” Al-Mashat said. “I always thought that in order to be impactful to your country, you had to have a PhD.”
The Department of Economics congratulates Tomas Breach (BA ‘15) and Nisha Chikhale (BA ‘15), who were recently awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (https://www.nsfgrfp.org). These fellowships are among the most prestigious available to graduate students. This year, the NSF named 2,000 Fellows from among more than 12,000 applications. Tomas and Nisha were among only 36 economics students nationwide to receive these awards, which carry generous financial support. Additionally, UMD PhD student George Zuo received an Honorable Mention, one of only 21 awarded to economics students.
In March 2018 the U.S. president announced plans to impose tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum on all countries, and then added that “trade wars are good, and easy to win”. This has translated into tangible stock market declines. But even if the U.S. steps back from the brink its actions are already undermining the credibility of the world trade system, as anticipated last year by Professor Limão and former UMD student, Kyle Handley, in “Trade under T.R.U.M.P. policies.”
Professor John Joseph Wallis has been named the second Mancur Olson Professor of Economics.
The Mancur Olson Professorship is a prestigious title awarded to a leading scholar with expertise in institutions and markets and their influence on the global economy. Professor Wallis is an economic historian who specializes in the public finance of American governments, constitutional development, and, more generally, in the institutional development of governments and economies.
Our department's master's degree program has been ranked 3rd in the US according to The Financial Engineer's 2018 ranking of Top Master of Economics Programs. The annual ranking is based on several factors, including graduate salaries, the undergraduate grades of students in the program, and graduate employment rates. Our program's raking has risen from #4 in 2017 and #5 in 2016. Congratulations to our students and faculty for the well-deserved recognition!
Our master's program is currently accepting applications for 2018 admission.