Outstanding Science Alumni Award 2014
Professor John Quah completed his undergraduate studies in Mathematics at NUS (1983 – 1986), where he graduated with a first class honours degree. After a short stint at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, he decided on an academic career and continued his studies at the University of California at Berkeley (1989 – 1994), where he obtained his doctorate.
Professor Quah is currently Professor of Economic Theory at the Department of Economics, Oxford University. He is also affiliated to St Hugh’s College, Oxford, where he is an Official Fellow and a member of its Governing Body. For three years between 2001 and 2004, he held a Research Fellowship awarded by the United Kingdom’s Economic and Social Research Council. Professor Quah is currently co-editor of the Journal of Mathematical Economics and an associate editor of Economic Theory.
In research with different co-authors, Professor Quah has made important contributions to several areas of economic theory and his work has appeared in the top-ranked journals of the discipline. In the theory of monotone comparative statics, Professor Quah developed new mathematical concepts and tools that have expanded the scope of application of those techniques for the study of economic models. His exploration of the testable implications of game-theoretic interaction has extended the reach of revealed preference analysis beyond models of individual decision-making. Professor Quah’s earliest research work was in consumer theory, where he explored the mathematical properties of market demand. He also has more applied research interests and has worked on issues in environmental economics and industrial organization.
In addition to his regular appointment, Professor Quah holds a recurring Visiting Professorship at the NUS Economics Department. In that capacity, he has contributed to the doctoral training programme in Economics at this university.
In recognition of his accomplishments and contributions, we honour Professor John Quah with the 2014 Outstanding Science Alumnus Award.