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William Dunkelberg

Professor of Economics (Emeritus) in the College of Liberal Arts , Temple University, where he served as Dean of the School of Business and Management from 1987 through 1994 and as Director of the Center for the Advancement and Study of Entrepreneurship. He currently serves as Chief Economist for the National Federation of Independent Business (300,000 member firms; since 1971). His prior appointments were at the Krannert Graduate School of Management, Purdue University, the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University and the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. He has a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Michigan.


Dr. Dunkelberg is a nationally known authority on small business, entrepreneurship, consumer credit and government policy. He was reported by the New York Times to be one of four final candidates for Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in 1981, served as an advisor to the Secretary of Commerce, and was appointed to the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve System in 1989 [2 year term]. He is a past president and a Fellow of the National Association for Business Economics [NABE] and was awarded the Abramson Award for a best paper in 2009 and 2013. He was appointed to the Census Advisory Committee representing the American Economic Association in 1992 and again in 1995 (serving as chair) and served on the board of The National Bureau of Economic Research from 1996 to 1999. He is an elected member of the Conference of Business Economists (and chairman in 2003) and the National Business Economic Issues Council and the first recipient of the Small Business Administration’s Research Advocate of the Year award. In 2008, the Haas School of Business (Center for Executive Education) at the University of California Berkeley honored him with their Leading Through Innovation Executive Award.


Dr. Dunkelberg served as a regional judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year program for 14 years, a national judge in 2001 and 2003, and as a member of the board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. He served as a member of the Quality of Markets Committee for the Philadelphia Stock Exchange until its sale to NASDQ in 2008. His board service includes Liberty Bell Bank (chair), Advanta, Independence Realty Trust, Wireless Energy Solutions, Penn Fishing Tackle Mfg.,NCO Group, Ensoniq and the Global Interdependence Center (chair).