Host Department

Political Science

Host Professor Full Name

Jason Kuo

Host Professor Email

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Villanova University. I research the distributional consequences of economic interdependence and the constraints this places on the policies of states.

During my time at NTU, I will be working on a case study chapter for my book manuscript Currency Wars in Retreat. The core argument of my book is that increased global value chain trade alters the exchange rate policy preferences of firms, which in turn impacts monetary policy outcomes. Whereas traditional models of exchange rate politics predict an export-dependent firm prefers an undervalued exchange rate, I argue that the benefits of this policy attenuate as firms increasingly rely on global value chains in the production of their goods. As these payoffs change, and with it the preferences of firms, so too does the exchange rate policies of states. I support my argument with quantitative analyses as well as case studies in Japan and Taiwan.

I have held research appointments at the World Trade Organization, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University.

Prof. Ryan Weldzius



Dates of Visit:

 05/16/2024 - 06/05/2024

Position at Home University:

 Assistant Professor




 Visiting scholar


Home University:

 Villanova University

Home Faculty Department:

 Political Science

footer banner

Connecting Scholars, Connecting Minds:
NTU Global Scholar