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John M. Trapani


Martin F. Schmidt Chair of International Business

Office 360
Phone 504.865.5419
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Professor John M. Trapani III has been on the Freeman faculty for more than 26 years, and he has taught economics for more than 40 years. Beyond his extensive contributions to student learning in the classroom, his influence at Freeman extends into vital administrative work as executive director of the Goldring Institute and the Martin F. Schmidt Chair of International Business.

His research areas include industrial organization, economics of regulation, and applied econometrics.


  • Professor Trapani teaches micro- and macro-economics to graduate students in the MBA and EMBA programs. He strives to raise students' interest levels in economics by demonstrating its practical application to management and policy.


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Service to Freeman

Professor Trapani's work has made a critical difference for the Freeman school. He has served as vice dean and he manages executive programs for the business school; oversees curriculum development, staffing and marketing; and manages Freeman's international programs.

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International Focus

Professor Trapani's work with Freeman has helped expand our international focus. He helped establish a Ph.D. program for faculty in Latin America, which has been recognized by universities, including the University of the Andes in Bogota, for its impact. Currently, he plans trips for students all over the world, with 16 student groups studying across the globe.

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Award-Winning Teaching

Professor Trapani has received more than 35 honors and awards for his teaching, including appearing on Tulane's Teaching Honor Role many times. He loves economics - he reads it, teaches it, and lives it daily - and he works to bring practical applications into the classroom to engage his students.

Memorable Moment

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In spring 2011 when Professor Trapani had been with Tulane for more than 35 years, some of his former students established a professorship in his name: The John M. Trapani III Professorship.

Education & Affiliations

  • Tulane University, Ph.D. in Economics
  • University of Texas at Arlington, M.A. in Economics
  • University of Texas at Arlington, B.A. in Economics
  • Affiliations
  • American Economic Association
  • Society of Labor Economics


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Living in Louisiana - enjoying the great fishing and hunting.

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Reading about economics.

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