Howard Rosen, former deputy director and former visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, developed detailed proposals for reforming US labor-market adjustment programs. He is 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. He was a research associate and later assistant director at the Institute 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 for 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 for International Development and JE Austin in Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.
He received his BA and MA degrees in economics from George Washington University. He has written extensively on issues related 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.