Joseph Pelzman

Joseph Pelzman

Professor of Economics
Address: Hall of Government
2115 G St., NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
Phone: 202-994-7108
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

International trade and finance, economics of international trade law; economics of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and law and economics.

Joseph Pelzman is Professor of Economics, International Affairs and Law.  He also serves as the Chairman of the Department’s PhD Committee and its PhD Admissions Committee.  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 also published articles on the costs and benefits of economic sanctions as applied by the Carter White House against the Soviet Union.  

Professor Pelzman was a Fulbright Scholar at Renmin University of China, Beijing PRC in 2012-13 and at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel in 1995-96.  He was a 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.

Outside of GWU, Professor 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 currently a member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Trade, Aid and Security Coalition(TASC)– Global Works Foundation and the International Trade and Finance 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, Kyrgyzstan, 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.


MA Harvard University, Russian and East European Center; (1971-72) (incomplete)
Ph.D., Boston College (1976)
JD, The George Washington University Law School (1998)


Pelzman has published articles in a number of leading economics journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, European Economic Review, Southern Economic Journal, and The World Economy.

His latest research includes two recent books arising from his Fulbright fellowships: Spillover Effects of China Going Global, London: World Scientific Press, 2016, forthcoming; and The Economics of the Middle East and North Africa, London: World Scientific Press, 2012.  His recent journal articles are “‘Womb for Rent’: International Service Trade Employing Assisted Reproduction Technologies (ARTs),” Review of International Economics, 21:3, August 2013, pp. 387-400; and “PRC Outward Investment in the U.S. and Europe: A Model of R&D Acquisition,” Review of Development Economics, 19:1, February 2015, pp. 1-14.


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