Howard Pack

Howard Pack
  • Professor Emeritus of Business Economics and Public Policy

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    3004 Steinberg-Dietrich Hall
    3620 Locust Walk
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: asian and arab economies, productivity, competitiveness, foreign aid, industrial development, industrial policy, technology transfer



PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; BBA, The City College of New York

Recent Consulting

The World Bank; United Nations Development Program. Current Projects: Analysis of the Arab Economies; Evaluation of the impact of government economic intervention in selected Asian countries; Productivity in African manufacturing.

Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 1988-present. University of Pennsylvania: 1986-present (Director, Program in International Development and Appropriate Technology, 1986-94). Previous appointments: Swarthmore College; Yale University

Professional Leadership 2005-2009

Board of Editors, World Bank Research Observer, World Development, Journal of Development Economics

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Past Courses

  • MGMT715 - Political Environment of the Multinational Firm

    All successful firms go global. This course provides a broad introduction to international business. You will learn about who loses and who gains from trade, what are the effects of tariffs and non-tariff barriers, the World Trade Organization (WTO), regional trading blocs, and NAFTA. The course then turns to the international financial architecture, focusing on exchange rate risk. We then move to multinational firm strategies, including a discussion of the reasons for why firms choose to do business globally through trade or FDI, international tax strategy, joint ventures, technology transfer, different ways to be a multinational firm, and ethical dilemmas. The class is a mix of lectures and cases that allow students to synthesize the extensive materials on multinational management, international institutions, economic policies, and politics with a goal towards formulating multinational firm strategy.

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The Jerusalem Controversy: What It Means for the Region’s Economies

The Arab economies are overly reliant on oil and need to diversify, while Trump’s Jerusalem move is a needless irritant, say experts from Wharton and Johns Hopkins.

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