Peter Rodriguez

Dean of Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Rice University
TOPIC: Where is our economy going and how will it feel when we get there?

This presentation discusses the forces that are reshaping our economy and how they will reshape and reframe our relationship to each other, our work and our sense of well-being. The presentation will also explore our economic past and how it guides our thinking our where we are and will likely go as our economy evolves.

The presentation will proceed in four main parts. Part I will introduce the subject and offer an assessment of the most relevant contemporary economic issues shaping our well-being. Part I looks at our recent economic past and the history of nations that have succeeded and failed to raise living standards. We will draw some key lessons from the world’s greatest economic experiments. Part III explores technological change and the disruption it will bring to longstanding and familiar economic institutions. Part IV examines our political and social institutions and how they will have to change in the economy our future will bring.


Peter Rodriguez is Dean of the Jesse H. Jones School of Business at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Peter also an Economist and Professor and teaches classes on Global Macroeconomics and Economic Growth and Development.

He is an active researcher whose research interests include the interaction of globalization, economic development, and social institutions, the consequences of corruption for multinationals and seed-stage finance in emerging markets. He has published articles in peer reviewed journals in economics and management including, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Science, Review of International Economics, and World Economy.  He was formerly Associate Dean for International Affairs at Darden and led the development and launch of the Global Executive MBA program. He was previously Professor and Sr. Associate Dean for MBA Programs and Chief Diversity Office at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, Lecturer at Princeton University a professor at the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University.  He served on the faculty of Semester at Sea and has taught in universities around the world.

Peter is the recipient of numerous teaching awards from Princeton, Texas A&M and the University of Virginia. He regularly teaches short courses on global economics to the Canadian Heads of Ministries and as part of executive education teaching teams to the US Army and US Navy and to multinationals such as Rolls Royce, Harris Corporation, Lockton and AES. He has also developed video and audio courses on globalization and growth for The Great Courses.

Peter holds an MA and Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University and a BS in Economics from Texas A&M University. He worked for several years as an associate in the Global Energy Group at JP Morgan Chase.

Peter and his wife Kathleen live in Houston, Texas and have three children, Gabriella, Sam and Michael.

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