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Patrick Conway

Professor and Department Chair
Princeton University
Economic Development,
International Economics


Patrick Conway is Professor of Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been on the faculy of UNC since 1983. During that time, he has taught courses in introductory economics, international economics, development economics and macroeconomics both to undergraduates and to graduate students. He was awarded the William C. Friday Award in 2001 for excellence in teaching. The link Teaching Resources provides further information on his teaching techniques and performance.

His research has focused upon the international aspects of trade and finance with developing countries. He is the author of three books and many refereed journal articles, including Crisis, Stabilization and Growth: Economic Adjustment in Transition Economies in 2001. His current research interests include the impact of IMF lending programs on developing-country welfare, the development of financial markets in transition economies, the welfare impact of exchange-rate depreciation in developing countries, and the impact on US workers of US textiles and apparel imports. The link Research Projects provides more detail on these and other research projects.

He has a great deal of practical experience in international economic issues. He served in the Peace Corps in Cote d’Ivoire in 1975-77, and as a special assistant to the Undersecretary of State for Economic Affairs in 1980-81. He has served as an international and macroeconomic expert on World Bank missions to Morocco, Tunisia, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Belarus, and has twice been a visiting scholar at the International Monetary Fund. He was named a Council on Foreign Relations fellow in 1989 for his work on the implications of the debt crisis for developing countries.

He attended Georgetown University in Washington, DC as an undergraduate, and received his BSFS degree in 1975. He then did graduate work at Princeton University, receiving an MPA degree in 1979 and a PhD in Economics in 1984.