Joseph Pelzman

Joseph Pelzman

Professor of Economics
Address: Monroe Hall
2115 G St., NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
Phone: 202-994-7108

Areas of Expertise

International trade and finance, law and economics, economics of international trade law.


Joseph Pelzman is Professor of Economics, International Affairs and Law. Pelzman received his PhD in economics from Boston College in 1976. He received his JD from The George Washington University Law School in 1998. He came to The George Washington University in September 1980, after completing a year as a Brookings Economic Policy Fellow during the Carter Administration. During that year he worked on the Tokyo Round tariff cutting exercise and along with his Bureau of International Affairs colleagues wrote the Report on US Competitiveness for the Carter White House. He previously served as Assistant Professor of economics at the University of South Carolina.
Professor Pelzman has held appointments at Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) as Fulbright Senior Scholar (1995-96); Visiting Professor of Law and Economics at Catholic University Law School (2001-05), Visiting Professor of Law at the Radzyner School Of Law, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel.(2001), Research Associate, The Maurice Falk Institute for Economic Research in Israel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel, (1988 - 97), Visiting Scholar and Fellow, The Russian Research Center, Harvard University, (1991 - 92), and Visiting Professor of Economics and Lady Davis Fellow, Department of Economics and Soviet and East European Research Center, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1984 - 85.
As part of his outreach program, Pelzman serves as Chair of the International Academic Board, International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET). Tbilisi Georgia, (2006 - present) and as a Member of International Advisory Board, at the Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine, (2002 - present.)


Ph.D., Boston College 
JD, The George Washington University Law School


Pelzman has published articles in a number of leading economics journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, European Economic Review, and Southern Economic Journal. His primary professional interests are in the areas of international trade, international trade law and law and economics. Although he has conducted research on a variety of trade topics, including the trade potential of former Soviet economies, the People's Republic of China, Vietnam and Israel, he has focused on the economic impact of trade distortions, enforcement rules for dispute settlements and regional arrangements. He has also written extensively on the US textile and apparel industry and on the trade in quota instruments. His current work centers on terror and its economic impact: an econometric approach measuring volatility, delinking tariff liberalization and domestic tax reforms; deconstructing economic development in the Middle East - the Israel's experience as the standard; post-MFA textile & apparel competition; and the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding: enforcement and revision issues.