Business Economics and Public Policy

BEPP’S 40th Anniversary

Public policy considerations occupy an increasing portion of managers’ time, especially in the global arena. The leaders of tomorrow must be able to perform policy analysis as well as integrate policy issues into their general management thinking. Bringing a wealth of theoretical tools and practical experience to bear on the relationship among business, government, and society, Wharton’s Business Economics and Public Policy Department has been an innovative force in research, teaching, and public service. Areas of faculty expertise include deregulation and privatization, technology, public and urban finance, and international industrial policy.

Members of the Business Economics and Public Policy faculty have held presidential appointments on federal regulatory commissions, been managers in large corporations, held research appointments and fellowships in government and not-for-profit think tanks, serve on the boards of many corporations, and provide consulting services to international and U.S. government agencies.

Featured Faculty


Recent and ongoing faculty studies
  • Business-government relations in domestic and international marketplaces
  • Choice of location for siting noxious facilities
  • Deregulation of transportation: airlines, utilities, and railroads
  • Development and implementation of urban public policies, including privatization of services
  • Corporate governance issues
  • Government funding of public broadcasting
  • Government role in Asian development
  • Intellectual property and contracting
  • Internet and public policy: how government actions will structure the market
  • Banking markets: productivity, risk, and customer satisfaction
  • Telecommunications deregulation and its impact on the shape of the emerging information market
  • Increasing the productivity of public and not-for-profit organizations
  • International comparison of hiring practices

Academic Programs

 A Career in Economics