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Roy J. Pearson

Roy Pearson

Chief Economist and Director
Office of Economics and Competition Analysis
Federal Maritime Commission

DTI Faculty


Roy J. Pearson, PhD, is chief economist at the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC)
and director of the FMC's Office of Economics and Competition Analysis (OECA) in
the Bureau of Trade Analysis (BTA). His office is responsible for directing the review
of agreements filed with the Commission and conducting research into current trade
conditions, emerging commercial trends, carrier pricing and service activities, and
other issues that may affect U.S. liner shipping. Previously, he was the BTA deputy
director for two years.
Pearson contributed to the design and implementation of an economic assessment of
the impact of the Shipping Act of 1984 that was mandated under Section 18 of that
statute. Pearson has served as a managing research scientist at the American
Institutes for Research, one of the largest behavioral and social science research
organizations in the world. His area of practice was higher education finance. 
As a tenured university professor of maritime economics for 12 years, Pearson
taught a wide range of transportation-related courses, including a graduate course on
the economic assessment of transportation projects in the Department of Civic
Design at the University of Liverpool, as well as various courses in shipping and port
economics. For three years, he served as an external examiner for a master's degree
program in maritime studies at the University of Wales, Cardiff and has supervised or
examined numerous doctoral theses on maritime subjects.
Pearson graduated with a BS in economics from the London School of Economics &
Political Science and subsequently earned a PhD in air transportation economics at
the Polytechnic of Central London (now the University of Westminster). In addition,
he received two years of post-doctoral training as a research fellow working full-time
on a study of airport economics and finance sponsored by the Social Science
Research Council.