William Yu

William Yu
William Yu

UCLA Anderson School of Management
110 Westwood Plaza, Entrepreneurs Hall, C506
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
Office: (310) 825-7805
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Economist William Yu joined the UCLA Anderson Forecast in 2011. He focuses on forecasting within the Los Angeles economy, analyzes the U.S. and Chinese economies and writes the quarterly U.S.-China economic report. His research interests encompass a wide range of economic and financial issues, such as time series econometrics, data analytics, housing markets, human capital and innovation.

Yu has published more than a dozen research articles in peer-reviewed publications such as Journal of Forecasting, International Journal of Forecasting and Journal of International Money and Finance. His recent research, conducted with fellow economist and UCLA Anderson Forecast director Jerry Nickelsburg and published by the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, analyzes the 11th District Cost of Funds Index (COFI) to find that its quality and time consistency have deteriorated since its inception, and viable substitutes are now available.

As a practitioner, Yu worked for the Frank Russell Investment Group in the area of treasury and corporate yields modeling and forecasting. He developed the City Human Capital Index and the Los Angeles City Employment Estimate. Partnering with GoDaddy, he and his UCLA Anderson Forecast colleague are developing a venture index tracking microbusiness activities across the country. His research and commentary have been cited frequently in the local, national and overseas media, including Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Bloomberg, CBS Money Watch, Straits Times, Los Angeles Business Journal, NBC, ABC, CNBC, CNN and NPR, as well as various Chinese and Korean outlets. A sought-after speaker, he has contributed his expertise to the annual Woo Greater China Business Conference at UCLA, Cathay Bank economic outlook luncheons and National Association for Business Economics events.

Yu teaches time series and predictive analytics, and data science courses at UCLA Anderson School of Management and UCLA Extension. In 2019, he received the distinguished instructor award for digital technology from UCLA Extension. He also serves as a faculty advisor in Anderson’s Applied Management Research field study program. Yu’s prior teaching experience includes serving as an assistant and then associate professor at Winona State University in Minnesota, and at the University of Washington, where he taught economics and won two distinguished teaching awards while earning his Ph.D. Yu holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from National Taiwan University.

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