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University of Delaware - Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics

William Latham

Title Associate Professor of Economics
Office 333 B Purnell Hall


  • Ph.D. in economics, University of Illinois, 1973
  • M.A. in economics, University of Florida, 1967
  • B.A. in economics, University of Florida, 1965

Select Publications

  • “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)

Curriculum Vitae

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