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Ann Harrison

William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management

Professor of Management

Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy

Research Interests: international trade, foreign investment, and economic development

Links: CV

Contact Information

Address: 2016 SHDH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 746-3132
Office Fax: (215) 898-0401


Ann E. Harrison is William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management and Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Wharton, she taught students at the MBA, master's, PhD, and undergraduate levels at various other universities, including Columbia Business School, the University of California, Berkeley, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the University of Paris.

Before joining the Wharton School, Professor Harrison spent two years in Washington D.C. as the Director of Development Policy at the World Bank. Prior to that, she served as the head of the research team at the World Bank on international trade and investment. Between 2001 and 2011, she was Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Harrison received her PhD in Economics from Princeton University and graduated with highest distinction in Economics and History from the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Harrison is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy, and an affiliate of the International Growth Centre in London. She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Asian Economics, the Journal of Economic Literature, The World Bank Research Observer, and serves on various advisory committees at the World Bank and elsewhere.

Her research is in the areas of emerging markets, multinational firms, international trade, productivity, and labor markets. Professor Harrison has published in the top journals in her areas of research. Her book, Globalization and Poverty, was published by the University of Chicago Press. She has lectured widely, including at most major US universities and in India, China, Latin America, Europe, the Philippines, and North Africa. Her most recent work evaluates the impact of anti-sweatshop campaigns and corporate social responsibility; the linkages between globalization of firms, worker wages and employment; the effectiveness of industrial policy; and determinants of productivity growth in China and India.


Awards And Honors

  • World Bank Research Grants, 2010-2012
  • National Science Foundation Grants, 2009-2012
  • UC Berkeley Committee on Research Grants, 2008
  • National Science Foundation Grants, 2004-2007
  • UC Berkeley Committee on Research Grants, 2004-2006
  • Giannini Foundation Grants, 2001-2004
  • UC Berkeley Committee on Research Grants, 2001
  • Eugene Lang Junior Faculty Research Fellowship, 1999
  • Chazen Institute Research Grants, 1998
  • Chazen Institute Research Grants, 1995-1996
  • World Bank Research Grants, 1993-1995
  • Princeton University Teaching Award, 1987
  • Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 1987
  • Princeton University Fellowship, 1983-1988



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