Janet Rothenberg Pack

Janet Rothenberg Pack
  • Professor Emeritus of Business Economics and Public Policy

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    3002 Steinberg-Dietrich Hall
    3620 Locust Walk
    Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests: fiscal federalism and intergovernmental relations, political economy of economic policy, privatization, urban and regional economic development



PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1965; MA, University of California, Berkeley, 1963; BBA, City College/CUNY, 1959

Academic Positions Held

Wharton: 1983-present (Chairperson, Public Policy and Management Department, 1992-97). University of Pennsylvania: 1970-present. Previous appointments: Yale University; Southern Connecticut State College; The New School for Social Research. Visiting appointments: Visiting Fellow, Economic Studies, The Brookings Institution, 2003-04, 1997-99, 1991-92; Visiting Fellow, European Institute for Public Administration, Maastricht, The Netherlands. Summer, 1992; Visiting Fellow, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies, Summer 1991, ‘93, ’96, ’97; Visiting Fellow, Harry S. Truman Research Institute for Peace Studies, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Summer 1989; Visiting Fellow, Institute of Urban and Regional Development. The Hebrew University. Summer 1983; Senior Resident in Public Finance, U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, 1977-79; Visiting Research Associate, Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California, Berkeley, April-August, 1975; Research Consultant, Urban Studies Project, City Council, Nairobi, Kenya, June-August, 1971.

Professional Leadership 2005-2009

Organizer and Coeditor, Brookings Conference and Papers on Urban Affairs (with Gary burtless), 2005-2009; Editorial Board, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 1999-2004; Editorial Board, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 2002-present; Senior consultant, The Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel, 1996-present; Non-resident Sr. Fellow, Economics Division, The Brookings Institution, 1999-present.

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Fighting for Common Ground: Will Business and the New Congress Get Along?

Even with a friendlier Congress and conciliatory tones from the White House, businesses face major challenges in Washington as a still-weak economy makes it difficult for a divided government and various industries to push their agendas forward. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has called for deficit reduction, restraints on government spending, lower taxes, fewer government regulations and improvements in education and infrastructure, while the Obama Administration's top request for businesses is to add more jobs -- all positive goals, but a lot stands in the way of making them a reality.

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