University of Pittsburgh



Frank Giarratani

Professor of Economics, and Director, Center for Industry Studies

Research Interests

Regional Economics; Economics of the Steel Industry; Industry Studies


Frank Giarratani received his bachelor's degree from Northeastern University (1970) 
and his doctorate from West Virginia University (1975). Before his appointment at 
the University of Pittsburgh in 1979, he was a faculty member in the Department of 
Economics,Georgetown University. At the University of Pittsburgh he served as Chair 
in the Department of Economics from 1992-1996, and as Assoicate Dean for Faculty
Affairs in the Arts and Sciences from 1996-2000. Professor Giarratani was a visiting
scholar at Cambridge University in 1987, 2001, and 2003. In 2001, he was appointed
founding Director of the Center for Industry Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

In October 2007, Professor Giarratani incorporated Industry Studies Association (ISA),
a tax exempt 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to the advancement of industry studies
research. He served as ISA President from 2007 to 2010 and continues to help lead the 
organization as its Executive Director.

Awards and Citations

  • The Frank Giarratani Early Career Award, 2011, Established as an annual award competition by the Industry Studies Association.