• Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Virginia Tech

  • Affiliated Faculty, The Kellogg Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Virginia Tech

  • Member, Economic Research Centre, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Hong Kong

Address: Dept. of Economics, Virginia Tech, Pamplin Hall (0316), Blacksburg, VA 24061 Phone: (540) 231-5942 (Office) Email: byront at vt.edu

Curriculum Vitae (with links to published papers) (PDF version)

Recent research interests: housing economics, Adam Smith, cryptocurrencies.

Working Papers


From 2022, all teaching materials will be uploaded on Canvas and unavailable for people outside VT.

ECON3154 Managerial Economics (Spring 2022)

ECON4984 The Economics and Moral Philosophy of Adam Smith (Spring 2022)

Info for Graduate Students (I will serve on your committee as a chair or member ONLY if you have taken the Advanced Topics in Macro course)

Info for Undergraduate Students: (I will provide a letter of recommendation ONLY if you got an A minus or above in my class)

My former Ph.D. advisees and their initial job placement:

Zichao Yang, Associate Professor, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China (2021)

Yao "Hillary" Huang, Senior Analyst, PNC Bank, Pittsburgh, PA (2020)

Xiaojin ‘Aaron’ Sun, Asst. Professor at the Department of Economics and Finance, University of Texas, El Paso (2015)

Atanu Rakshit, Asst. Professor at the Graduate School of Business, Nazarbayev University, Astana (2013)

Shaojuan Liao, VP, Advanced Analytical Consultant at Wells Fargo (2012)