Hendrik Van den Berg is a professor of economics at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He has taught classes in economic growth and development, international economics, international trade, international finance, international business, and the economics of immigration since 1989.
Van den Berg received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from the State University of New York at Albany in 1971 and 1973, respectively, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1987 and 1989. After graduating from SUNY at Albany, he joined the U.S. Department of State and served as commercial attaché at the United States Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua, and the United States Trade Center in São Paulo, Brazil. In 1979, Van den Berg left the diplomatic service to manage the Brazilian office of Marsteller, Inc, an advertising/public relations subsidiary of Yong and Rubicam, and in1980 he became Business Planning Manager for Singer do Brasil, the Brazilian subsidiary of the U.S. based Singer Company.
In the mid-1980s, after the international debt crisis cut Singer’s profitable markets for sewing machines in most developing countries, Van den Berg returned to his first love, economics, and he enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of Wisconsin. Upon receiving his Ph.D. in 1989, Van den Berg became an Associate Professor of economics at Nebraska. Since then he has published over 50 professional journal articles on exchange rates, international trade, alternative estimates of economic growth, the relationship between international trade and economic growth, the economics of immigration, and other topics in economic development. He has written a number of economics textbooks, among which are: Economic Growth and Development
(2001, 2010, 3rd
ed. forthcoming in 2015), International Economics
(2004), International Trade and Economic Growth
(with Joshua Lewer, 2007), The Economics of Immigration
(with Orn Bodvarsson, 2009, 2013), International Economics: A Heterodox Approach, 2nd Ed.
(2011), and International Finance and Open-Economy Macroeconomics
Ed., forthcoming in 2015).