William Latham

Associate Professor of Economics,
Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Administration

Department: Economics
Campus Address: 333B Purnell Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6846


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Illinois, 1973
  • M.A., Economics, University of Florida, 1967
  • B.A., Economics, University of Florida, 1965
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • “Evidence on the Efficient Market Hypothesis from 44 Global Financial Market Indexes," with Huijian Dong and Helen M. Bowers, Economics Research International, 2013

  • “Inventor Mobility, Productivity and Patent Value for Prolific Inventors: Evidence from Five Countries, 1980-2002,” with Christian Le Bas and Dmitry Volodin, Economie et Societe, 2012.

  • “Domestic Innovation and Chinese Regional Growth, 1991-2004,” with Hong Yin in Drivers of Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Regional Dynamics, eds. Karima Kourtit, Peter Nijkamp and Roger Stough, Berlin, Springer, 2011.

  • “Causes, Consequences and Dynamics of Complex Distributions of Technological Activities: The Case of Prolific Inventors,” with Christian Le Bas in The Economic Complexity of Technological Change: Interactions, Knowledge and Path Dependence (ISBN 978- 1- 848-44 256-6), ed. Cristiano Antonelli, Amsterdam, Edward Elgar, 2011.

  • “Interregional Mobility, Productivity and the Value of Patents for Prolific Inventors in France, Germany and the U.K,” with Christian Le Bas, Riad Bouklia Hassane and Dmitry Volodin, International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, 2011.


Awards & Honors

  • Co-Editor, Review of Regional Studies, 1998 - 2002.
  • President, Southern Regional Science Association, 1986
  • Chairperson, Department of Economics, University of Delaware,  1990-1996
  • Fulbright Professor, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, Korea, 1987-88
  • Manager, Corporate Planning, Delmarva Power and Light Company, Wilmington, DE, 1984 -1985
  • Senior Research Economist, Office of Economic Studies, Economic Development Administration, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, 1979-80
  • Honor Society Memberships, Beta Gamma Sigma, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key (honorary member)


  • Econometrics & Forecasting
  • Government Regulation of Business
  • Urban and Regional Economics
  • Microeconomics

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.5 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Club, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Undergraduate scholarships, made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends, enable us to support promising scholars. Here, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and his mother, Leni Markell, join recipients of the William Markell Scholarship (center), which benefits students in Accounting and MIS.

The Institute for Financial Services Analytics is a collaboration between the Lerner College, UD's College of Engineering and JPMorgan Chase, and hosts events for academics and the business community designed to address consumer analytics and industry applications.

All Lerner College departments offer discovery learning experiences and emphasize data-based analytics to enrich the student experience. Here, students at Vita Nova, our award-winning restaurant run through HRIM, joined professional chefs and winemakers in hosting a 2014 Mid-Atlantic Wine and Food Festival event.

Lerner College faculty - like Meryl Gardner, whose research on foods and moods was recently published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

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