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Michael Waugh

Michael Waugh


Ph.D. 2008 (Economics)


New York University

"When I came to the University of Iowa, I wanted to be the top student in the first-year class, and I worked hard to make sure that I excelled," explains Michael Waugh.

"I was in the library until two in the morning every single day."

Michael’s hard work and unrelenting dedication paid off. He earned a Ph.D. degree in economics in 2008 and was recognized by the University of Iowa’s Graduate College with the Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award in social sciences for his dissertation, "Essays on International Trade and Economic Development."

The main section of Michael’s dissertation was published by the American Economic Review in 2010. He examined why rich countries and poor countries do not trade, especially given the potential benefits for poorer countries.

"I think the program at the Tippie College of Business is uniquely set up for the way I prefer to do things. It’s a smaller program and it’s structured  in a way that the first year is very intense. They give you a bunch of tools about how to think about things, and after that, in some ways, they turn you loose. Your first year is classes and after that you begin research."

Michael is currently an assistant professor of economics at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He credits his training at the Henry B. Tippie College of Business for helping him land a tenure-track position at NYU.