Tate Twinam

Assistant Professor

PhD, Economics, University of Pittsburgh
BA, Economics and Mathematics, New College of Florida

Office: UW2-224
Email: twinam@uw.edu
Website: faculty.washington.edu/twinam
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246


In my teaching I focus on how economic theory illuminates a wide range of social phenomena. I explore how individual decisions can propagate throughout the economy, with both positive and negative repercussions for society. I discuss the power and limitations of government policies to alter the outcomes that result from this process, and how theory can point the way to better solutions. Since a theory is only worthwhile if it fits the facts better than competing explanations, I help students to engage with state of the art empirical research in the social sciences, giving them the tools to critically evaluate data-driven claims.


My research lies in the fields of urban, public, and environmental economics. I am particularly interested in urban crime, environmental justice, and the role of local government policy in shaping the evolution of cities. I also have a strong interest in econometric theory, with an emphasis on causal inference using observational data. My research is highly interdisciplinary, drawing from economics, urban planning, criminology, sociology, environmental studies, and statistics. My work uses a mix of quantitative methods, GIS, and archival research.