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Joseph Pelzman, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor
Professor of Economics and International Affairs

Joseph Pelzman has over 30 years of experience specializing on issues relating to trade capacity building, the development of and testing of workable free-trade area agreements and on delinking trade liberalization from fiscal tax issues. He has been involved in numerous international projects including a program and legislation for a Fair Trade Commission for the Government of Barbados, a modeling framework for assessing tax deferral systems as Section 936 was being discontinued for Puerto Rico, and a framework of reviewing fiscal reform packages in support of trade liberalization for Morocco and Jamaica. Some of his current published work includes a study of the Enforcement Issues of the Dispute Settlement Understanding under current WTO procedures, a study of the US negotiation of CAFTA and FTAA in a sequential bargaining context, a study of Regional Incentive Systems both in the Middle East and in Puerto Rico, as they apply to the sunrise industries, a study of post-MFA competition of the PRC with Vietnam and India and an assessment of an effective model of providing tariff liberalization without incurring a reduction in fiscal funding in the MENA region.

Professor Pelzman teaches International Trade Theory, International Trade Law, Law and Economics and Middle-East Economics. He holds a J.D. from George Washington University Law School, a Ph.D., Economics from Boston College and a B.S., Economics from Boston College. He also studied Russian & East European area studies at Harvard University.