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Peter M. Debaere

Professor
Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
FOB 283
90 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.A., KUL, Belgium
MA, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Biography

Professor Peter Debaere is faculty leader for the MBA for Executives. In addition to teaching the core Global Economies and Markets (GEM) course, he developed and teaches "Global Economics of Water" and "Managing International Trade and Investment," two second-year electives. Debaere has received a multiyear outstanding teacher award for being consistently in the top 10% at Darden.

Debaere is an international economist, with a focus on international trade, multinationals, and trade policy. He is also a water expert. In recent years, his research has studied the economics of water especially in a global context: To what extent does water scarcity determine what countries produce and trade? What explains the remarkable pattern of water use in the United States, and is the U.S. experience replicable abroad? How can water markets work as a tool in the fight against water scarcity? With a Rockefeller Grant, Debaere currently investigates together with The Nature Conservancy the use of water markets for environmental purposes in the United States, Chile, and Mexico. Many of his articles have been discussed in textbooks and graduate courses. At Darden and UVA Debaere leads the Global Water Initiative that brings together scholars from across UVA to do research, teach and give policy advice about the water challenges that we face. Debaere's papers have been published in top general interest and field journals such as Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Journal: Applied, theJournal of International Economics, and the Journal of Development Economics, as well as policy-oriented journals such as Water Policy.

A native of Belgium, Debaere has held other positions worldwide. Before joining Darden, Debaere was on the faculty of the Economics Department at the University of Texas, Austin. He also had a stint at the International Monetary Fund, and the Institute for the German Economy in Germany. In 2012, Debaere taught at the Haas Business School while visiting UC Berkeley. He also visited the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in Germany and the Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation in the United Kingdom. At the University of Virginia, Debaere has co-organized the World Water Day symposia. He is also affiliated with Darden's Institute for Business in Society and the university's Economics department, and is on the advisory board of the Center for German Studies, where he takes a keen interest in transatlantic environmental questions.

GBUS 7231: Global Economies and Markets
Credits: 2
This course applies the ideas and methodologies of economics to the analysis of the business environment in which firms operate and managers make decisions. The course expands students' knowledge of global economies and markets in three dimensions. First, it delivers insights and tools for analyzing markets in the global economy by studying such topics as competition, market structure, efficiency, industry equilibrium, and change. Prerequisites: Restricted to Darden students.
GBUS 7235: Global Economies and Markets - Part I
Credits: 2
This course applies the ideas and methodologies of economics to the analysis of the business environment in which firms operate and managers make decisions. The course expands students' knowledge of global economies and markets in three dimensions. First, it delivers insights and tools for analyzing markets in the global economy by studying such topics as competition, market structure, efficiency, industry equilibrium, and change.
GBUS 7236: Global Economies and Markets - Part II
Credits: 2
This course applies the ideas and methodologies of economics to the analysis of the business environment in which firms operate and managers make decisions. The course expands students' knowledge of global economies and markets in three dimensions. First, it delivers insights and tools for analyzing markets in the global economy by studying such topics as competition, market structure, efficiency, industry equilibrium, and change.
GBUS 7806: Action Learning - Part II
Credits: 2
In these courses, students are engaged in applying the knowledge and experiences of the MBA Program within their business and job settings. Because participants in the MBA Program for Executives are employed on a full-time basis, they have the unique opportunity to immediately apply part or all of the learning.
GBUS 8174: Managing International Trade and Investments
Credits: 2
We live in an increasingly globalized world, yet globalization is under attack in many countries. Has globalization gone too far? There is Brexit, rising economic nationalism in Europe and the United States, and we hear calls for far-reaching protectionism against Mexico and China by the Trump administration. It is time to reconsider the institutions of globalization (WTO, IMF, WB) and the role that international trade, migration, outsourcing
GBUS 8626: Global Economics of Water
Credits: 2
Recent droughts and the soaring food prices they trigger underscore that freshwater scarcity will be a major challenge in the 21st century. In spite of reports about imminent water crises, the world is not running out of water. It is especially the very uneven distribution of water, across and within countries, that is a concern. There is a need for improved water management.
GBUS 8999: Darden Independent Study
Credits: 2–3
A Darden Independent Study elective includes either case development or a research project to be conducted by an individual student under the direction of a faculty member. Students should secure the agreement of a resident faculty member to supervise their independent study and assign the final grade that is to be based to a significant degree on written evidence of the individual student's accomplishment.