“The more you put into the program, the more you will get out of it. Think hard about how the concepts and methods you learn in each class complement what you are learning in the others.”
- Ph.D. in Economics – University of Rochester
- M.A. in Economics – University of Rochester
- B.A. in Mathematics and Economics – Cornell University
George Clarke is the BBVA/Compass Bank Group Distinguished Chair of International Economics and Finance at the A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business at Texas A&M International University. He is the Editor of “The International Trade Journal” and the Director of the Center for the Study of Western Hemispheric Trade at TAMIU.
His research focuses on privatization, competition and corruption in developing countries. He has published over 40 papers in academic journals and books.
Before joining Texas A&M International University, he was a senior private sector development specialist at the World Bank. While at the World Bank, he worked in the Africa Region, the Europe and Central Asia Region, and within the Development Research Group. He was also one of the core team members that wrote the “World Development Report 2005: A Better Investment Climate for Everyone.”
In which online degree program(s) do you teach?
What do you want students in your courses to learn? What are the learning outcomes or objectives?
How to apply economic concepts to understand and analyze real world problems.
Why did you start teaching?
My mother was a kindergarten teacher and my father is a professor of criminal justice. I have always known that I wanted to follow in their footsteps.
What advice would you give to those considering this online program?
The more you put into the program, the more you will get out of it. Think hard about how the concepts and methods you learn in each class complement what you are learning in the others.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
“Thinking, Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman. It gives a good perspective on the power, and the limits, of economics.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.
I have visited 96 countries, every continent except Antarctica and every state in the U.S.
What is the value of this degree?
As well as improving your long-term job prospects, getting an MBA will give you an arsenal of weapons to think about how business—and the world—works.
What types of projects and work do you typically assign for these courses?
Problem sets, online quizzes and discussion forum questions.