Howard Wial specializes in regional economic development, labor and employment policy, workforce development, innovation, productivity, manufacturing, and competitiveness. He previously taught economics at Swarthmore College, Brandeis University, Carleton College, and Brown University; industrial relations at Pennsylvania State University; and law at Rutgers University-Camden.
He served as an economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Technology Assessment, and General Accounting Office, and was research director of the AFL-CIO Working for America Institute and the Keystone Research Center, a Pennsylvania think tank.
He is a coauthor of “New Rules for a New Economy” (Cornell University/ILR Press, 1998) and a co-editor of the series “Urban and Regional Policy and Its Effects” (Brookings Institution Press). He has also published widely in the areas of labor and regional economics. Wial received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his JD from Yale Law School.