« Belmont home

Dr. Howard Cochran

Dr. Howard H. Cochran, Jr.Cochran

Professor of Economics and Finance


Email: Dr. Howard Cochran


  • D.A.  - Middle Tennessee State University
  • Harvard Graduate School of Education, Administrative Leadership
  • M.A.  - Wayne State University, Economics
  • B.B.A.  - Walsh College,  Finance



  • Plummer, J. & Cochran, Jr., H. H. (2009).  The Roles of the Mortgage Broker in the Sub-Prime Lending Real Estate Implosion. International Journal of the Academic Business World, 3 (1), 23-28.
  • Cochran, Jr., H. H. & Moser, D. J. (2008).  Digital Music Success in China: Guidelines for Foreign Firms. Southeast Review of Asian Studies, 30, 159-65.
  • Cochran, Jr., H. H., Peterson, D. A. , & Plummer, J. D. (2008).  Believe It or Not: Facts to Dispel Ten Persistent United States-China Manufacturing Trade Myths.  Journal of Business, Industry, and Economics.
  • Cochran, Jr., H. H., Linton, P. A. , Thomas, J. C. , Churchman, R., & Schenkel, M. T. (2008).  Identifying the Essential Managerial Characteristics of Successful Venture Capital Investments Among Small to Midsize Technology Enterprises Within Mainland China.  Insights for a Changing World, II.
  • Cochran, Jr., H. H. & Peterson, D. A. (2007).  Use Chinese Merchandise Trade Data with Caution. International Advances in Economic Research, 13 (1), 113.



  • Chaney Distinguished Professor Award Nominee (2009)
  • Presentation Excellence Award for Does China Underreport International Merchandise Trade Statistics?, Academic Business World International Conference (2009)
  • Best Paper Award, Academic Business World International Conference (2008)
  • Chaney Distinguished Professor Award Nominee (2008)
  • Presentation Excellence, Academy of Business Disciplines (2005)
  • Recognized for guidance and mentoring of students., Delta Phi Omega.
    Awards (1996)



Dr. Howard H. Cochran, Jr., Professor of Economics and Management, teaches both undergraduate and graduate economics and international business courses in Belmont University’s Jack C. Massey College of Business. He earned his B.B.A. in Finance from Walsh College, M.A. in Economics from Wayne State University, and Doctor of Arts in Economics from Middle Tennessee State University. He has also completed post-graduate study in administrative leadership at Harvard University.

He has taught courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics and international business. Being a veteran of international studies, Dr. Cochran has also lead several Belmont student study-travel trips to China. His teaching, research, and consulting interests are in the areas of economic education, managerial economics, and international trade.

Dr. Cochran is an advisor for firms seeking to source and sell products in that country. His most recent research relating to China includes articles with working titles including E-Music Growth in China – Obstacles and Opportunities for Foreign Firms, Toward Developing an International Index of Music Piracy, Use Chinese Merchandise Trade Data with Caution, Assessing the Impact of Trade with China on U.S. Manufacturing Industries, and Asian Manufacturing Trade Dominance. His extensive travels have taken him throughout North America, Western and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Far East, and the Indian Sub-Continent. While in Bangladesh he was able to spend time with Dr. Muhammad Yunus, the 2006 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

His research has been presented at national and international professional conferences and published in academic journals including: International Advances in Economic Research, Atlantic Economic Journal, Journal for Economics Educators, Journal of Economics and Finance and has an article accepted for 2008 publication in the Journal of Business, Industry, and Economics.

Dr. Cochran has served the economics profession, Belmont University, his community and his church in a variety of endeavors. He has been honored by Delta Phi Omega for his guidance and mentoring of students. He is a director of the Nashville Rescue Mission and a member of the Tennessee Export Council, an appointment made by the United States Secretary of Commerce.