Howard Cochran, International Business Professor, Belmont University

Belmont University was the very first CenTradeX customer- February 2004… after over three years of software development and the contributions of several handfuls of brilliant contributors. Among the most notable is Howard Cochran, Professor of International Business at Belmont University. He is a dedicated teacher, superior academician, compassionate humanitarian, china expert and a fellow data-phile.

One of the main perks about working in the international trade profession is the people you get to know. As I recounted upon numerous times… it’s people that are the are the real intelligence behind trade intelligence… not just technology. So here’s a bit about one.

Howard Cochran, Professor Belmont University, Nashville, TN

Dr. Howard H. Cochran, Jr.
Professor of Economics and Management
Belmont University, International Business

D.A. – Middle Tennessee State University
Harvard Graduate School of Education, Administrative Leadership
M.A. – Wayne State University, Economics
B.B.A. – Walsh College, Finance

Selected Honors & Awards:
Chaney Distinguished Professor Award Nominee (2009)

Presentation Excellence Award for Does China Underreport International Merchandise Trade Statistics?, Academic Business World International Conference (2009)

Best Paper Award, Academic Business World International Conference (2008)

Chaney Distinguished Professor Award Nominee (2008)


Dr. Howard H. Cochran, Jr., Professor of Economics and Management, teaches both undergraduate and graduate economics and international business courses in Belmont University’s College of Business Administration. He earned his B.B.A. in Finance from Walsh College, M.A. in Economics from Wayne State University, and Doctor of Arts in Economics from Middle Tennessee State University. He has also completed post-graduate study in administrative leadership at Harvard University.

He has taught courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics and international business. Being a veteran of international studies, Dr. Cochran has also lead several Belmont student study-travel trips to China. His teaching, research, and consulting interests are in the areas of economic education, managerial economics, and international trade.

Dr. Cochran is an advisor for firms seeking to source and sell products in that country. His most recent research relating to China includes articles with working titles including E-Music Growth in China – Obstacles and Opportunities for Foreign Firms, Toward Developing an International Index of Music Piracy, Use Chinese Merchandise Trade Data with Caution, Assessing the Impact of Trade with China on U.S. Manufacturing Industries, and Asian Manufacturing Trade Dominance. His extensive travels have taken him throughout North America, Western and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Far East, and the Indian Sub-Continent. While in Bangladesh he was able to spend time with Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

His research has been presented at national and international professional conferences and published in academic journals including: International Advances in Economic Research, Atlantic Economic Journal, Journal for Economics Educators, Journal of Economics and Finance and has an article accepted for 2008 publication in the Journal of Business, Industry, and Economics.

Dr. Cochran has served the economics profession, Belmont University, his community and his church in a variety of endeavors. He has been honored by Delta Phi Omega for his guidance and mentoring of students. He is a director of the Nashville Rescue Mission and a member of the Tennessee Export Council, an appointment made by the United States Secretary of Commerce.

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