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Dr. Ira Sohn


Professor | Economics | Feliciano School of Business

Email: sohni@mail.montclair.edu

Telephone: 9736557520

Office: Feliciano School of Business, 560

Biography

Ira Sohn is a full professor in the Department of Economics, teaching courses in both finance and economics. He brings to the classroom over thirty-five years of teaching and research experience in both of these fields. Prior to joining Montclair State University in 1984, Dr. Sohn was closely associated with Professor Wassily Leontief, who, in 1973, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Science for his path-breaking work on input-output analysis. While working with Professor Leontief at New York University from 1975-84, he was engaged in multi-year studies on long-term projections of fuel and non-fuel minerals, long-term projections for national economies, in addition to studies on demographics and economic development.

Since his arrival at MSU, he developed the Department’s capstone course for students concentrating in finance – the Seminar in Finance – which he taught for 20 years, and has taught almost every undergraduate course offered in Finance by the Department. In addition, he developed two new courses in Finance at the graduate level, and is currently teaching the joint undergraduate economics/finance course developed for the Department’s
contribution to the new Minor in Business. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Sohn is an active researcher, maintaining his expertise in energy and non-fuel minerals, with research papers that are regularly presented at academic conferences, which ultimately appear in peer-reviewed academic journals. In addition to his work on resources, he has also developed expertise in the area of economic and financial reform in South America, and in a new field of academic inquiry, international financial crime. He is a frequent contributor to the journal Foresight (The International Journal of Applied Forecasting), and is a member of the Board of Editors of the Journal of Applied Business and Economics. Dr. Sohn received his Ph.D. in economics from New York University in January 1976.

Areas of Expertise

Demographics and Economic Development
Economic and Financial Reform in South America
Energy and Non-fuels resources
International Financial Crime

Education

  • Ph D, Economics, 1976, New York University

Refereed Publications

  • Sohn M. I., (2017). "Longevity: Blessing or Curse?. . Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting.NO.46 (Summer 2017). (pp. pp. 18 -24).
  • Sohn M. I., (2016). "Step Aside Climate Change -- Get Ready for Mass Unemployment. . Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting.No. 42 (Summer 2016). (pp. pp.12-17).
  • Sohn M. I., (2016). Economic and Financial Reform in Panama: Challenges and Opportunities to 2025”,. . Journal of Applied Business and Economics,.18 (1). (pp. pp. 32-50).
  • Sohn I., (2013). Economic and Financial Reform in Costa Rica: Challenges and Opportunities to 2025. . Journal of Applied Business and Economics,.15 (1). (pp. 77-93).
  • Sohn I., (2013). "Long-Term Projections of Global Food Requirements: Why Were We Wrong/". . Natural Resources.4 (pp. pp. 195-208).
  • Sohn I., (2012). " A Post-Mortem on Long-Term Projections of Global Food Requirements". . The Journal of Management Policy and Practice.13 (4 (2012)).
  • Sohn I., (2012). The Journal of Applied Business and Economics. . The Journal of Applied Business and Economics.13 (1). (pp. 21).
  • Sohn I., (2010). Fueling China's Growing Automobile Density Rate: Some back-of-the-envelope calculations for the 2030-2050 interval. Delhi. The Indian Journal of Economics and Business .9 (4). (pp. 861-874).
  • Sohn I., (2010). Energy Forecasts to 2035: A review of the 2010 Energy outlook report of the U.S. Department of Energy. Medford, MA. Foresight (The International Journal of Forecasting).Fall 2010 (pp. 44-6).
  • Sohn I., (2008). Energy-Supply Security and Resource-Use Efficiency: Some observations from the 1970-2005 Interval. . Minerals and Energy.23 (4). (pp. 184-197).
  • Sohn I., (2008). Minerals-Supply Security and Resource-Use Efficiency: Some observations from the 1970-2005 Interval. . Minerals and Energy.23 (4). (pp. 145-161).
  • Sohn I., (2008). Reflections on long-term projections of minerals and suggestions for a way forward.. . Journal of Applied Business and Economics.8 (2). (pp. 67-80).
  • Sohn I., (2008). Been There, Done That: Perils, Pitfalls and promises of long-term Projections. . Foresight (The International Journal of forecasting).Volume 9 (Spring, 2008). (pp. pp.43-48).
  • Sohn I., (2007). "Unlocking the Golden Handcuffs: Prospects for Improving the Performance of the Puerto Rican Economy". . The Journal of Applied Business and Economics. (2007 (2)).
  • Sohn I., (2007). "Long-Term Energy Projections:What Lessons Have We Learned?". . Energy Policy.35 (9). (pp. 4574-4584).
  • Sohn I., (2005). Non-fuel Minerals Projections- Why They Were Wrong. . Mining Engineering.57 (9). (pp. 22-28).

Published Proceedings

  • Sohn I., Trigo V. J., (2011). The old men of C(uba): will the sun also rise (on Cuba)?. Tucson . National Business & Economics Society Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Conference , Curacao March 9-12, 2011. Refereed
  • Sohn I., (2009). Resource Supply Security and Resource Use Efficiency: Some Observations from the 1970-2005 Interval. St Kitts. Tenth Annual Conference of the National Business and Economics Society.
  • Sohn I., (2004). Economic and Financial Reform in Bolivia: Back to the Future. . International Trade and Finance Association. Refereed
  • Sohn I., (2003). Combating International Financial Crime: Recent Developments in Europe. . International Trade and Finance Association . Refereed
  • Sohn I., (2003). Trouble in Paradise: Offshore Financial Centers and the Battle against International Financial Crime in the Caribbean. . National Business and Economics Society. Refereed
  • Sohn I., (2002). Primer on Money Laundering: The Dark Side of Capital Account Liberalization. . International Trade and Finance Association in Bangkok. Refereed
  • Sohn I., (2002). Economic and Financial Reform in Ecuador. . National Business and Economics Society. Refereed
  • Sohn I., (2001). With All Deliberate Delay: Economic and Financial Reform in Paraguay. . International Trade and Finance Association. Refereed
  • Sohn I., (2001). The Great Development Debate of the New Century: Reflections on the ' Washington Consensus'. . National Business and Economics Society. Refereed

Other Publications

  • Sohn I., (2014). “Fortune Tellers: The Story of America’s First Economic Forecasters. (pp. in press). . Foresight (The International Journal of Forecasting),.
  • Sohn I., (2014). The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble over Earth’s Future” by Paul Sabin in Forecasting Perspectives. (pp. pp. 32-34). . oresight (The International Journal of Forecasting), .
  • Sohn I., (2013). "Megatrends and Game Changers: The US National Intelligence Council's 'Global Trends 2030- Alternative Worlds' ". (pp. pp. 45-48). . Foresight (The International Journal of Applied Forecasting).
  • Sohn I., (2013). "The $10 Trillion Prize: Captivating the Newly Affluent in China and India". (pp. pp. 155-58). . Indian Journal of Economics and Business.
  • Sohn I., (2011). Book review of "The World in 2050: Four Forces Shaping Civilization" by Laurence Smith. (pp. 37-40). Medford, MA. Foresight (The International Journal of Forecasting).
  • Sohn I., (2010). Book Review of "Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century"". (pp. 231-232). . Natural Resources Forum/Wiley Blackwell.
  • Sohn I., (2010). The Next Hundred Million: America in 2050. (pp. 43-45). Medford, MA. Foresight (The International Journal of Forecasting).
  • Sohn I., (2009). The Age of Aging: How Demographics are Changing the Global Economy and Our World. (pp. 338-339). . Natural Resources Forum.
  • Sohn I., (2008). Zoom: The Global Race to Fuel the Car of the Future. (pp. 348-349). . Natural Resources Forum.
  • Sohn I., (2007). “Natural Resources: Neither Curse nor Destiny” edited by D. Lederman and W. Maloney (The World Bank and Stanford University Press, 2007).. (pp. 245-46). Oxford, Blackwell Publishing. Natural Resources Forum.
  • Sohn I., (2006). Sustainable Fossil Fuels: The Unusual Suspect in the Quest for Clean and Enduring Energy. (pp. 332-34). . Natural Resources Forum.
  • Sohn I., (2005). Red Sky at Morning (America and the Crisis of the Global Environment). (pp. 94-6). . Natural Resources Forum.
  • Sohn I., (2004). Trouble in Paradise: Globalization and Environmental Crises in Latin America. (pp. 245-7). . Natural Resources Forum.
  • Sohn I., (2003). Sustainable Finance and Banking (The Financial Sector and the Future of the Planet). (pp. 79-81). . Natural Resources Forum, .
  • Sohn I., (2002). Liberalization, External Performance, and Social Policy. (pp. 168-70). . Natural Resources Forum.
  • Sohn I., (2001). Why Governments Waste Natural Resources ( Policy Failures in Developing Countries). (pp. 333-4). Baltimore. Natural Resources Forum.
  • Sohn I., (2000). Sustainable Development in Mineral Economies. (pp. 339-341). Ofxord. Natural Resources Forum.

Awards and Honors

  • editor, Long-Term Forecasting, Foresight: The International Journal of Forecasting (2010)
    I serve as the editor for long-term forecasting for the above journal. The position involves writing articles, and reviews on the subject of long-term projections, as well as book reviews on this subject, and I am also involved in finding quality papers for potential publication on this subject for the Journal
  • Member of Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Applied Business and Economics (2009)
  • Most Innovative Paper, National Business and Economics Society ()
    This award was granted to me for the paper i presented at the Ninth Annual Conference of the Society that was held in Honolulu. Hawaii, March, 2008.

Research

  • Economic and Financial reform in Cuba
  • Economic and Financial Reform in Mexico: Challenges and Opportunities to 2025