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Renowned Wharton Economist and Berkeley Alumna Ann Harrison Named New Haas Dean


Renowned Wharton economist and University of California, Berkeley,
alumna Ann E. Harrison has been named the next dean of the Haas School
of Business, Chancellor Carol Christ announced today.

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Next Berkeley Haas Dean Ann E. Harrison (Photo: Business Wire)

Next Berkeley Haas Dean Ann E. Harrison (Photo: Business Wire)

Harrison will begin her term on January 1, 2019.

"Professor Harrison is an accomplished administrator as well as a
world-class economist who has dedicated her career to creating
forward-looking policies in development economics, international trade,
and global labor markets," said Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ. "It is
a great honor to welcome her back to Berkeley to become the dean of
Haas, and I have no doubt that she will be a wonderful leader for the

the William H. Wurster Professor of Multinational Management and
Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the University of
Pennsylvania's Wharton School, has deep Berkeley roots. She earned her
bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley with a double major in economics and
history in 1982. She also served as a professor of Berkeley's Department
of Agricultural and Resource Economics from 2001 to 2011.

Harrison said she is thrilled to return to Berkeley to join its
top-ranked business school, and is looking forward to meeting Haas
students and alumni, as well as working with the distinguished faculty
and staff.

Before joining the Wharton School in 2012, Harrison served as director
of development policy at the World Bank. There, she co-managed a team of
300 researchers and staff, reformed the World Bank's process for
allocating research funds and oversaw the institution's most important
flagship publications, including its annual World Development Report.
During her tenure, she convinced the World Bank's president to release
all historical records on project loans, a milestone in increasing

"Ann has a remarkable track record of pioneering research on trade and
development, including influential studies of globalization's effects on
jobs and inequality," said Berkeley economics professor Maurice
Obstfeld, who serves as chief economist at the International Monetary
Fund and collaborated with Harrison at Berkeley's Agricultural and
Resource Economics Department.

"Based on Ann's experience at the World Bank, she will be an effective
and much-loved manager," said Sir Angus Deaton, the Dwight D. Eisenhower
Professor of Economics and International Affairs Emeritus at Princeton
University who has known Harrison since she was a graduate student. He
also is the 2015 Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences for his analysis of
consumption, poverty and welfare.

Harrison earned a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a diplôme
d'études universitaires générales
from the University of Paris. She
is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and
a member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy.

Harrison is one of the most highly cited scholars globally on foreign
investment and multinational firms. She is the author and editor of
three books, including Globalization
and Poverty
and The
Factory-Free Economy
. In 2017, Harrison and her co-authors were
awarded the prestigious Sun Yefang Prize by the Chinese Academy of
Social Sciences. The prize, given every two years, is considered one of
China's most important honors in economics.

About Berkeley Haas

As the second-oldest business school in the United States, Berkeley Haas
has been questioning the status quo since its founding in 1898. It is
one of the world's leading producers of new ideas and knowledge in all
areas of business, inspiring new thinking for the new economy. Two of
its exceptional faculty have been honored with the Nobel Prize in
Economic Sciences. Two of its female faculty, Laura D'Andrea Tyson and
Janet Yellen, chaired the President's Council of Economic Advisers.
Janet Yellen also recently stepped down as the chair of the Board of
Governors of the Federal Reserve.

Berkeley Haas offers outstanding management education to about 2,500
undergraduate and graduate students who come from around the world to
study in one of its six degree-granting programs and to join the
school's network of 41,000 alumni worldwide. Its distinctive culture is
defined by four Defining Leadership Principles: Question the Status Quo,
Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always and Beyond Yourself.

a high-res photo of Ann Harrison.

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