Peter F. Orazem, Ph.D.

Peter Orazem

Title: University Professor of Economics
Company: Iowa State University
Location: Ames, Iowa, United States

Peter F. Orazem, Ph.D., University Professor of Economics at Iowa State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in economics and higher education.

From the time he was 6 years old, Dr. Orazem desired to follow his father’s example and become a professor of economics. Attending the University of Kansas, he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1977, followed by a Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from Yale University in 1980 and 1983, respectively. He commenced his career at Iowa State University as an assistant professor in the department of economics in 1982, holding the role for six years. Thereafter, he served as an associate professor from 1988 to 1994 and full professor from 1994 to 2003. Since 2003, he has been a University Professor of Economics at the university. During this time, he has also served as the director of the Industrial Relations Center from 2000 to 2005, interim associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1998 to 2000, and co-director of the Institute of Science and Society from 2002 to 2004.

During his tenure, Dr. Orazem also served as a Koch visiting professor of business economics at the University of Kansas between 2004 and 2005. Likewise, he was a visiting scholar at the World Bank from 1993 to 1994 and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Primorska in Slovenia. He additionally served as a challenge paper writer for the Copenhagen Consensus in 2008. Throughout his career, he has contributed myriad articles to professional journals and authored “Child Labor and Education in Latin America: An Economic Perspective” in 2009.

Dr. Orazem is renowned for being the former first vice president of the Midwest Economics Association, a position he held from 2007 to 2008. He also maintained affiliation with the American Economics Association, the American Agricultural Economics Association, the Society of Labor Economics and Phi Beta Kappa. In light of his accomplishments, he was a grantee of the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the World Bank, the Institute of Research on Poverty, the University of Wisconsin and the National Research Council. He also remained involved with the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Labor Organization.

Among the highlights of his career, Dr. Orazem is most proud of his time spent participating in the world development report at the World Bank in 2007. He also valued his time spent as a Fulbright Scholar in Slovenia. Married with two children and two grandchildren, he enjoys fishing, camping and performing stand-up comedy in his spare time. In fact, he participated in the very first comedy session hosted by the American Economics Association in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Orazem was featured in Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in the Midwest.

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