PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; BBA, The City College of New York
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
This course is intended to deepen understanding of the major contemporary issues in the world economy. The focus is on the "big picture" of global economic developments and the evolution of economic thought over the last one hundred years. The topics include: financial market booms and busts; business cycles; monetary and fiscal policies; inequality; the social welfare state; technological change and economic growth; and international trade and financial arrangements. The time period covers: the Roaring Twenties; the Great Depression, the post war Golden Age (1945-1973); the stagflation of the 1970s; the Washington Consensus era of the market liberalization (1980-2007); and the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing Great Recession; and the recent rise of populism. This course also explores different schools of thought. The course will chronicle and compare economic policy and performance of the United States, Europe, Japan and emerging markets (Asia, Latin America, Africa).