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Howard Rosen
Executive Director
Trade Adjustment Assistance Coalition

Howard Rosen is a Resident Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics where he is developing detailed proposals for reforming US labor market adjustment programs. He also serves as Executive Director of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Coalition, which he established to advocate on behalf of workers and communities experiencing dislocations due to changes in international trade and investment. In 2001, he drafted provisions in the Trade Act of 2002 that significantly reformed and expanded the US Trade Adjustment Assistance program.

Between 1997 and 2001, he was Minority Staff Director of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee. Before joining the Committee, he served as Executive Director of the Competitiveness Policy Council, a federal advisory commission, with representatives from business, labor, government and the public. Prior to that he was Research Associate and later Assistant Director of the Institute for International Economics, and an economist in the Research Department of the Bank of Israel in Jerusalem and in the Bureau of International Labor Affairs in the US Department of Labor. He has consulted to the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Senate Finance Committee, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the Business Roundtable. He has worked on projects for the US Agency of International Development and JE Austin in Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Rosen received his B.A. and M.A. in economics from the George Washington University, where he concentrated on international economics. He has written extensively on issues relating to international trade, macroeconomic policies and labor market adjustment. He has also studied the Israeli and Palestinian economies and economic developments in the Middle East.

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