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Joseph Pelzman is Professor of Economics, International Affairs and Law at George Washington University. He received his PhD in economics from Boston College (1976) and JD from George Washington University (1998).

He has been a Fulbright Research Scholar at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University; a Lady Davis Fellow, a Dilthey Fellow, and a multi-year grant recipient of the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation while at Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and a Richard D. Irwin Fellow at Boston College. Pelzman is the author of The Economics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), World Scientifi Press, 2011), co-author with Hinrich Glismann, Dean Spinanger and Martin Wolf, of Costs of Protecting Jobs in Textile and Clothing, London: Thames Essay No. 38, 1984 and author of The Competitiveness of the US Textile Industry, University of South Carolina, 1980. Pelzman is also author or coauthor of some three dozen journal articles, and numerous other publications in edited books. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board of Global Economy Journal.

Professor Pelzman is Chair of the Economics Department PhD Committee and Chair of the PhD Admissions Committee. Outside of GWU, Pelzman is a member of International Advisory Board, Kyiv School of Economics (KSE), and was the first elected Chair of the International Academic Board of the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Trade, Aid and Security Coalition (TASC) – Global Works Foundation. Pelzman is the co-founder and Senior Partner of Global Trade and Development Group LLC. Pelzman has done on-site research and program work in several regions of the world including Argentina, Barbados, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Poland, Armenia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Moldova, Romania, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam, and has been a consultant for the World Bank, the US Department of Labor, and USAID. For more details you can download Joseph Pelzman's CV.

Professor Pelzman teaches courses in International Economics, Economics of International Trade Law; Economics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Law and Economics. For example, in Fall 2010 he taught the PhD level course International Trade Theory (Econ 8381); in Spring 2011 he taught the MA & Ph.D. course, Economics of International Trade Law (Econ 8395); and supervised the BA and BS Thesis workshop (Econ 4198). During the summer months Professor Pelzman teaches an online section of Econ 2180 primarily designed for undergraduate Elliott School students. Professor Pelzman has also previously served as Chair of the University Faculty Senate.

Joseph Pelzman

Joseph Pelzman

Expertise: International Trade and Finance; International Trade Law; Economics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Law and Economics and Economies in Transition

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Elliott School of International Affairs Faculty Website

Institute for International Economic Policy

Joseph Pelzman at IDEAS

Global Economy Journal