John Kraft graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971 with a PhD in Economics. At Pitt he did research in econometrics, urban economics, and macroeconomics. His dissertation, under Dr. Asatoshi Maeshiro, was titled, “Nonlinear Demand Equations for Commercial Passenger Transport Modes.” Dr. Kraft was a Brookings Institution Economic Policy Fellow from 1970 to 1973. He has held positions at several federal agencies such as the Department of Energy, Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, Department of Interior, Price Commission, and the National Science Foundation. John is Professor and Susan Cameron Chair of International Business, Director, International Business Center, in the Eugene Brigham Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate at the Warrington College of Business. Dr. Kraft is former Dean of the Warrington College of Business, the Heavener School of Business, the Fisher School of Accounting, and the Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida from July 1990 to July 2020. Prior to becoming Dean at Florida, Dr. Kraft was Dean of the College of Business at Arizona State University.
Dr Kraft is the author of over 100 research articles, books and monographs. His research has been published in Applied Economics, Decision Sciences, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Finance, Journal of Money Credit and Banking, Journal of Regional Science, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Regional Science and Urban Economics.
Dr. Kraft is on Pitt’s Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors. He and his wife, Bonnie Kraft, have generously established the Kraft Family Endowed Graduate Student Research Fund in the Department.
The Department of Economics caught up with Dr. Kraft in October to find out about his original interest in economics, his broad-ranging career in economics, and fond student memories of Pitt. He kindly recorded his answers to our questions on this video. Please view here.