Andy Policano

Andy Policano is a nationally recognized macroeconomist, whose emphasis is on monetary theory and policy, economic forecasting, the U.S. Social Security system and business school trends. His research in progress includes the optimal timing of earnings announcements and strategies for academic leadership.

Policano’s academic career includes professorial posts in economics and finance at the University of Iowa, Fordham, University of Wisconsin-Madison; research associate at Columbia University, and a guest professorial at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna, Austria. He served as Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Economics, Fordham University; Chairman, Department of Economics, and Senior Associate Dean, College of Business Administration, University of Iowa; Dean, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Stony Brook University.

Prior to joining UC Irvine, he was the Kuechenmeister Professor of Finance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dean of the School of Business, from 1991 to 2001. During his service as Dean, Policano was the guiding hand behind the development, design and construction of the $23-million Fluno Center for Executive Education.

He has received research and study grants totaling more than $1.2 million, and recognition for his work that includes the Excellence in Teaching Award, Executive MBA Program, University of Iowa; Stony Brook Distinguished Alumnus Award; and the Robert A. Jerred Distinguished Service Award, School of Business, UW-Madison. He sits on three corporate boards of directors, and has published in such journals and business education periodicals as Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, International Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Monetary Economics, and Executive MBA Magazine.

Policano received his PhD and MA in Economics from Brown University, and his BS in Mathematics from Stony Brook University.

Key Research/Interest Areas:

  • Financial institutions and markets
  • Macroeconomics
  • Monetary theory
  • Business school trends


  • Stony Brook Distinguished Alumnus Award, October 1992
  • Robert A. Jerred Distinguished Service Award, School of Business, UW-Madison, 2003
  • Faculty Award for Distinguished Service, The Paul Merage School of Business, 2005

Publications on Business School Trends and Strategy

  • “Rankings: At What Price?” BizEd, November, 2005
  • “The Innovators—The Current Dynamics of the Business School Industry”, Executive MBA Magazine, Winter, 2003
  • “The Critical Nature of Research in a Top Business School” BizEd, AACSB Int’l, 2002

National Committees and Academic Board Memberships

  • Director, Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), (2005-)
  • Chair, AACSB New Issues Committee on Rankings (2005-)

Other Community Involvement

  • Director, Orange County Business Council, (2005-)
  • Member, Investment Committee, Orange County Community Foundation, (2004-)