Bernard E. Anderson is the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Professor Emeritus at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the first African American tenured professor. He was Assistant Secretary of Labor during the Clinton Administration, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Tuskeegee University. He was awarded the Samuel Z. Westerfield Award by the National Economic Association in 2003.
Education and Early Life
Anderson was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Livingstone College, Michigan State University, where he studied with Andrew Brimmer, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Anderson worked for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and then became the second African American member of the Wharton School faculty, and the first to be awarded tenure there.
He was among the founders of the Caucus of Black Economists in 1969, now the National Economic Association, and has served as that organization's president. He was also inaugural chair of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority, vice chair of the Manpower Demonstration and Research Corporation, chair of the Board of Trustees of Lincoln University, and vice chair of the Board of Tustees of Tuskegee University..
Anderson was appointed as Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employment Standards Administration by President William J. Clinton in 1993, and was confirmed by the Senate for this position in February, 1994. He returned to Wharton in 2001 as Whitney M. Young, Jr. Professor of Management.
- Anderson, Bernard E. "The ebb and flow of enforcing executive order 11246." The American Economic Review 86, no. 2 (1996): 298-301.
- America, Richard F., and Bernard E. Anderson. Moving ahead: Black managers in American business. McGraw-Hill, 1978.
- Anderson, Bernard E., and Phyllis A. Wallace. "Public policy and Black economic Progress: A review of the evidence." The American Economic Review 65, no. 2 (1975): 47-52.
- Anderson, Bernard E. "How much did the programs help minorities and youth?." Employing the Unemployed. New York: Basic Books, Inc (1980).
- Anderson, Bernard E. "Worker protection policies in the new century." Journal of Economic Perspectives 14, no. 1 (2000): 207-214.