Janet Rothenberg Pack

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

Contact Information

  • office Address:

    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

Overview

Education

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.

Continue Reading

Teaching

Past Courses

  • REAL206 - URB PUB POL & PRIV DEVEL

    This course considers a range of local policies in cities and regions. Examples include: clusters and other local development initiatives, large scale regional policies, employment zones and other targeted policies. More traditional urban policies such as zoning and planning and constraints, transportation pricing, and parking policies among many others will also be considered. Practical examples will be extremely diverse and include the Silicon Valley and attempts to copy it, the Tennessee Valley Authority, housing retrictions in developing countries such as Brazil, congestion pricing in London, etc. Students will be expected to actively participate and make presentations. The course emphasizes the importance of the economic context, the understanding of the underlying rationale for policies, and how the private agents respond to public incentives. The main learning goals are the following: be able to use simple empirical tools of economic evaluations, be able to articulate a critical analysis of competing viewpoints and assessments, and be able to integrate various analytic steps into an overal assessment of economic policies that relies on sound principles and is well argued.

  • REAL399 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

    All independent studies must be arranged and approved by a Real Estate department faculty member with the exception of the Annual Student Research Competition. Annual Student Research Seminar: This class meets in the Spring semester to analyze how to conduct research in the real estate market - where to find data; how to critique research; how to frame research questions; how to write a business research report; how to present a business research report. Topics are provided each year. For more information regarding the Annual Student Research Competition see the Real Estate Department's website: http://real-estate.wharton.upenn.edu/.

  • REAL772 - URB PUB POL & PRIV DEVEL

    This course considers a range of local policies in cities and regions. Examples include: clusters and other local development initiatives, large scale regional policies, employment zones and other targeted policies. More traditional urban policies such as zoning and planning and constraints, transportation pricing, and parking policies among many others will also be considered. Practical examples will be extremely diverse and include the Silicon Valley and attempts to copy it, the Tennessee Valley Authority, housing retrictions in developing countries such as Brazil, congestion pricing in London, etc. Students will be expected to actively participate and make presentations. The course emphasizes the importance of the economic context, the understanding of the underlying rationale for policies, and how the private agents respond to public incentives. The main learning goals are the following: be able to use simple empirical tools of economic evaluations, be able to articulate a critical analysis of competing viewpoints and assessments, and be able to integrate various analytic steps into an overal assessment of economic policies that relies on sound principles and is well argued.

  • REAL972 - URB PUB POL & PRIV DEVL

    This course considers a range of local policies in cities and regions. Examples include: clusters and other local development initiatives, large scale regional policies, employment zones and other targeted policies. More traditional urban policies such as zoning and planning and constraints, transportation pricing, and parking policies among many others will also be considered. Practical examples will be extremely diverse and include the Silicon Valley and attempts to copy it, the Tennessee Valley Authority, housing retrictions in developing countries such as Brazil, congestion pricing in London, etc. Students will be expected to actively participate and make presentations. The course emphasizes the importance of the economic context, the understanding of the underlying rationale for policies, and how the private agents respond to public incentives. The main learning goals are the following: be able to use simple empirical tools of economic evaluations, be able to articulate a critical analysis of competing viewpoints and assessments, and be able to integrate various analytic steps into an overal assessment of economic policies that relies on sound principles and is well argued. All PhD students will be expected to complete a research paper in addition to the examination requirements.

Activity

In the News

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.

Knowledge @ Wharton - 2011/02/2
All News