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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  • BEPP7890 - Economic Globalization

    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).


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