Economist Aman Ullah Honored with Conference

International gathering at the Mission Inn March 13-15 will recognize a pioneer in the field of econometrics

Aman Ullah

Economist Aman Ullah will be honored with a conference at the Mission Inn March 13-15.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Economists from institutions around the world will gather March 13-15 at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa to honor Aman Ullah, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Economics at the University of California, Riverside.

Ullah is widely regarded as a pioneer in the application of a type of statistical analysis known as non-parametric methods. His work has shaped the field of econometrics (the application of mathematics, statistical methods, and computer science to economic data) over the last four decades. These methods have proven to be very useful, and therefore, popular among statisticians and researchers performing data analysis.

Ullah’s book “Nonparametric Econometrics”, co-authored with Adrian Pagan, has become a standard textbook for graduate courses and a classical resource for researchers, and his book “Finite Sample Econometrics” is the first to provide a comprehensive and unified framework for the econometric analysis of small samples.

“The economics profession is increasingly emphasizing the use of non-parametric and semiparametric models, which are adaptive to the characteristics of the data, and this is due in no small measure to the scientific contributions of Professor Ullah,” said Gloria González-Rivera, professor of economics at UCR and a co-organizer of the conference. “We are celebrating a very long career in the profession – about 40 years – and this event will bring together many people who have benefited from Professor Ullah’s scholarship, myself among them.”

After the conference co-editors of the series “Advances in Econometrics (AIE)” will publish a book honoring Ullah, “Advances in Econometrics: Essays in Honor of Aman Ullah.” Conference organizers Gloria González-Rivera, R. Carter Hill of Louisiana State University, and Tae-Hwy Lee of UCR will edit the Festschrift, which is expected to be published in January 2016.

As the author of more than 150 articles, Ullah is not only a distinguished scholar but he is also an inspiring teacher in the classroom and a beloved mentor, González-Rivera said. “He has supervised and influenced more than 120 doctoral students who are now promising scholars in academic institutions all over the world as well as in industry and international organizations.”

Ullah was born in Varanasi, India. He received his B.A. in mathematics, statistics and economics and his M.S. in mathematical statistics from Lucknow University, and his Ph.D. in economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University.

Before coming to UC-Riverside in 1989, he taught at Southern Methodist University and University of Western Ontario, Canada. He has served or is currently on the editorial boards of Econometric Reviews, Journal of Nonparametric Statistics, Empirical Economics, Journal of Quantitative Economics, and Macroeconomics and Finance in Emerging Market Economies, among others. He also serves as an editor for the series in Statistics and Econometrics published by Chapman Hall and Taylor-Francis.

He is an elected Fellow of Journal of Econometrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Royal Statistical Society, and National Academy of Sciences (India), and has been honored as an Associate Fellow of CIREQ, Montreal, Info-Metrics Institute of American University Washington, D.C., and Senior Fellow of the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, Italy.

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