William Latham

Associate Professor
Director, Center for Applied Business and Economic Research

Department: Economics
Campus Address: 316B Purnell Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-6846


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Illinois, 1973
  • M.A., Economics, University of Florida, 1967
  • B.A., Economics, University of Florida, 1965
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • “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)


  • Econometrics & Forecasting
  • Government Regulation of Business
  • Urban and Regional Economics
  • Microeconomics

The Lerner College is home to a state-of-the-art financial trading facility, the $1.4 million student-led Blue Hen Investment Fund, a student-managed restaurant and hotel, a high-technology development center of a global bank and a start-up experience for students with new business ideas.

Lerner College faculty - like Anu Sivaraman, who is among Social Media Marketing Magazine’s “Top 100 Marketing Professors on Twitter” and’s “Top 50 Marketing Professors on Twitter” - are thought leaders who command attention from influential business audiences, economists and policy makers.

All Lerner College departments offer experience-driven learning and emphasize evidence-based analytics methods to enrich the student experience. Here, finance students visit New York City’s financial districts for a first-hand look at markets trading and to meet with UD alumni.

Charles W. Horn, AS75, and wife Patricia, recently made a $3 million commitment to enhance and expand entrepreneurial studies.

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