The story unfolding around the Evergreen cargo ship blocking the Suez Canal last week has captivated much of our attention, and the resulting satellite images have made many wonder what impacts the stoppage might have on global trade. UO Economics Assistant Professor Woan Foong Wong has offered her insights to several news outlets, including the Washington Post:
“The fact that you have the most pivotal node in the trading network being blocked is going to have important welfare effects around the world,” said Woan Foong Wong, an economics professor at the University of Oregon.
Bennet Voorhees double majored in Chinese and Economics, and now he’s using both as a data scientist.
In this CAS Spotlight, Bennet shares that “the econ program really prepared me for my career as a data science lead. It taught me a lot about systems and how people behave and react in those systems…I fell in love with the power of those tools because you can use them to explain reactions and make predictions, and that really planted the economics seed for me.”
During his time at the UO, Bennet received multiple scholarships to study abroad in Shanghai and then Beijing, and carried his love for language learning over into his career as a data scientist. Now, he has the opportunity to use both skills in conjunction for the next step in his career: as a data science lead for Merck, Bennet uses the skills he learned through his economics major, combined with his fluency in Mandarin Chinese, to do workforce analytics on our companies’ labor force in China. He also teaches introduction to data science at the New York University School of Professional Studies, in their human capital management department.
You can read more about Bennet’s career after UO Econ on the CAS Blog.
Listeners of the VoxDev podcast last month heard a presentation from Silvia Prina, Associate Professor of Economics at Northeastern University, about the paper she recently co-authored with UO’s Alfredo Burlando and Michael Kuhn (both Associate Professors of Economics) titled “Too fast, too furious? Digital credit delivery speed and repayment rates.”
In this VoxDevTalk, Prina discusses her recent work with Burlando and Kuhn where they investigate whether the speed with which borrowers receive digital credit affects their likelihood of default.
You can listen to the full episode, and find a link to the paper itself, on the VoxDev website.
UO Economics undergraduate student Matthew Dodier’s research on the impact of major forest fires (such as those last summer in Oregon and other western states) on public health was featured in Around the O:
“Wildfires in Oregon were particularly intense in 2014, and as Dodier and Hansen kicked around ideas related to air pollution, “the idea of looking at forest fires came up,” Hansen says. “That’s something that is salient to everybody, but nobody had studied the impact on hospitalizations or its impact on pollution.”
The issue takes on new relevance as researchers examine the connection between air pollution and COVID-19. A recent study from Harvard, for example, found that Americans living in more polluted areas are more likely to die from the disease than those in clearer regions.”
The full story can be read on the Around the O website. Congratulations, Matthew!
Congratulations to one of our very recent PhD program graduates, Dr. Curtis Dlouhy! Curtis was awarded the Transportation and Public Utilities Group (TPUG) Best PhD Dissertation Award for 2020.
Curtis’s dissertation was titled “Causes and Consequences of the Coal Market Decline.” He will be recognized at TPUG’s virtual meeting that will take place in early January. More information is on blogs.uoregon.edu/tpug.
Congratulations to Curtis!
“Containerized shipping is an odd business in normal times. What happens when you add a pandemic and a trade war? Eytan Buchman (Freightos) updates the status of the industry in 2020, and Woan Foong Wong (University of Oregon) explains why when some shipping costs go up, others automatically go down.”
Listen to episode 140 of Trade Talks on their website here: https://www.tradetalkspodcast.com/podcast/140-is-shipping-ship-shape/