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Byron Gangnes is UHERO Senior Research Fellow and Professor Emeritus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He specializes in international macroeconomics and forecasting and is a leading authority on the economy of Hawaii.​


Byron earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound and Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, and he served in the Department of Economics at the University of Hawaii for thirty years. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Toronto, Singapore Management University, HEC Montreal, and Yokohama National University. He has contributed to United Nations forecasting and analysis efforts. Byron has written extensively on economic policy issues affecting the US and Asian economies. Recent articles study the impact of aging on global patterns of trade and finance, the effect of COVID-19 on trade and the economy, and the implications of global value chain production arrangements.​ He has been named a LinkedIn Top Voice for his influential analysis and commentary on economic issues. 


For his numerous outreach activities, Byron was awarded the Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Award for Faculty Service to the Community. He is the recipient of a College of Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, and he is an alumni member of Phi Beta Kappa. He has served in volunteer leadership roles with academic, religious, and community organizations.


Byron and his wife, Hilary, now live in New Mexico. They have two adult daughters.

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