Hendrik Van den Berg received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from the State University of New York at Albany. He later went to receive his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He is currently a professor of economics at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Since 1989, he has taught courses in economic growth and development, international economics, international trade, international finance, international business and the economics of immigration.
After graduating from SUNY at Albany, he joined the U.S. Department of State and served as a 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. In 1980, 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 received Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin.
Since he began teaching, 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.
Van den Berg has written a variety of economics textbooks including 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 (2010, 2nd Ed., forthcoming in 2015).