Member of the Month


Joseph C. Morreale Ph.D.
Professor of Economics at
Pace University

At the IAES we are proud to be an organization that provides a platform to which networking and cooperation, among its members, happens on an international level. It is these ties to the international perspective that first piqued the interest of our Member of the Month for the month of May, Dr. Joseph Morreale. Since his first experience many years ago he has been an active member and that’s why we’re glad to honor him today. Dr. Morreale is a Professor of Economics and Chair of the Economics Department at Pace University, where he teaches Public Policy courses, as well as in the China Economic Studies program, and a senior capstone course focused on undergraduate research in economics.  His major fields of study are public finance, public economic policy analysis, China economic studies and health care economics. He has also had a distinguished career in academic administration as Provost, VP of Academic Affairs and VP for Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research.

Why did you become a member of the International Atlantic Economic Society?:

My colleagues suggested this conference to me because of my interest in international affairs and issues in economics.

What do you find most enjoyable about your membership?:

I enjoy the conferences very much.  I find them very stimulating and I enjoy meeting scholars from around the world.  I also enjoy sharing my research and obtaining a valuable feedback on it.  The extra activities that the conference provides, like experiencing different cities, are also a big plus.

What types of projects/research are you working on and what inspired/motivated you to pursue that interest?:

I have been studying the rise in the middle class in China and its effect on Chinese society and culture.  Most recently I have been studying environmental movement in the US and how it has affected the government policy to improve the environment. I am interested in applying this analysis to see if environmental activism in China can perhaps lead to similar advancement in environmental policy.  What motivated me to pursue this is my increasing concern about global warming in the world and the role that China’s pollution plays in this important issue.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering entering your line of work/field of study?:

I would stress the idea of continuous learning.  I would point out that it is an exciting career but you have to have a genuine passion for teaching and research.  I would emphasize how central economics is to everything in life.  Economics provides incredible insight into human behavior and social and political systems.

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