• Harold Hitchings Burbank Research Professor of Political Economy, Emeritus; former Director of the Fairbank Center
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Research interests: the transition from central planning to the market; long-term agricultural development; industry policy; the underlying sources of growth in East Asia; the role of economic and legal institutions in East Asian growth.

Dwight H. Perkins is the Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy, Emeritus in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Previous positions at Harvard include Director of the Harvard University Asia Center, Associate Director of the East Asian (now Fairbank) Research Center, Chair of the Department of Economics, and Director of the Harvard Institute for International Development. Perkins has authored, coauthored, or edited 20 books and numerous articles on economic history and economic development, with special references to the economies of East and Southeast Asia. Topics include the transition from central planning to the market, long-term agricultural development, industry policy, the underlying sources of growth in East Asia, and the role of economic and legal institutions in East Asian growth. He has served as an advisor or consultant to the governments of Korea, China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. He has also been a long-term consultant to the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, and various U.S. government agencies, including the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. Perkins is a member of the American Philosophical Society. He received his BA from Cornell and his MA and PhD in economics from Harvard.

Chinese Name: 德懷特 • 珀金斯

From the Fairbank Podcast: 

德懷特珀金斯于康奈尔大学完成本科学业,于哈佛大学取得经济学硕士、博士学位,是哈佛大学政治经济学荣誉教授,曾任哈佛大学亚洲中心主任东亚研究中心(现费正清中心)副主任、经济学系主任和哈佛国际发展研究所主任。珀金斯教授是美国哲学会的成员,出版了关于经济历史和经济发展的20本学术书籍以及多篇学术文章,尤其关注东亚和东南亚地区的经济。他曾担任多国政府的顾问和咨询员,包括韩国、中国、马来西亚、越南、印度尼西亚和巴布亚新几内亚,此外还任世界银行、福特基金会以及各种美国政府机关的长期顾问。

研究兴趣:从中央规划到市场的转变;长期农业发展;工业政策;东亚增长的潜在原因;东亚增长中经济与法律制度的角色

Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles

Perkins, Dwight H. "A "Hard Landing" or Secular Stagnation in China's Future: False Alarm or Real Threat." China Economic Review (2017): 12.

Perkins, Dwight H. "Preface for Special Issue Honoring Gregory Chow." Frontiers of Economics in China 11.1 (March 2016): 1-6.

Book Chapters

Perkins, Dwight H. "Is the Chinese Economy Headed for a Hard Landing." The China Questions: Critical Insight into a Rising Power. Ed. Jennifer Rudolph and Michael Sonyi. Harvard University Press, 2018.

Perkins, Dwight H. and John P. Tang. "East Asian Industrial Pioneers:Japan, Korea Taiwan." The Spread of Modern Industry to the Periphery since 1871. Ed. Kevin Hjortshoj O'Rourke and Jeffrey Gale Williamson. Oxford University Press, 2017, 28.

Perkins, Dwight H. "Central Planning: East Asia's Experience." Social Capability and Long-Term Economic Growth. Ed. Koo, Bon Ho and Dwight H. Perkins. Springer, 2016.

Edited Volumes

Koo, Bon Ho, and Dwight H. Perkins, eds. Social Capability and Long-Term Economic Growth. Springer, 2016.

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