Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) techniques allow the transmission of high data rates over broadband radio channels subject to multipath fading without the need for powerful channel equalization. However,they are very sensitive to nonlinear effects owing to high peak-to-average power ratio (PAPR) owned by their transmitted signals. This thesis proposes an efficient technique for reducing the PAPR of OFDM signals.The proposed technique is data-independent and, thus, does not require new processing and optimization for each transmitted OFDM block. The reduction in PAPR of the OFDM signal is obtained through a proper selection of a pulse shaping scheme that distributes the power of each modulated symbol over the OFDM block such that the average power of OFDM signal will not be far from individual symbol power. It is shown, through computer simulations, that the PAPR of pulse shaped OFDM signals approaches that of single-carrier signals.The pulse shaping schemes also take advantage of the frequency variations of the communication channel and can provide considerable performance gain in multipath fading channels.