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1Name:  Dr. Dwight Heald Perkins
 Institution:  Harvard University
 Year Elected:  2002
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  302. Economics
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1934
Dwight Perkins received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1964 and went on to spend his entire career there, serving as professor of Modern China Studies, professor of economics, and director of the Harvard Institute for International Development. Currently the Harold Hitchings Burbank Research Professor of Political Economy, Dr. Perkins is a leading scholar on the economics of China. He also deals often with Vietnam, Korea, and other Asian economies. He has served as advisor on Asian Affairs (especially China) to U.S. political leaders and has developed a deep appreciation of economic and broader social issues throughout Asia. Possessing Chinese language skills, he is also a fine analytical economist and has a keen sense of Asian culture and history. The period in which he directed Harvard's well known Institute for International Development is recognized as a highly successful one. Dr. Perkins is the author of Market Control and Planning in Communist China (1966); Agricultural Development in China, 1368-1968 (1969); China: Asia's Next Economic Giant? (1986); "Completing China's Move to the Market," Journal of Economic Perspectives (1994); "Reforming the Economic Systems of Vietnam and Laos," The Challenge of Reform in Indochina (editor Borjie Ljungren, 1993); (with J. Stern, et al) Industrialization and the State: Korea's Heavy and Chemical Industry Drive (1995); (with Li-Min Hsueh and Chen-Kuo Hsu) Industrialization and the State: Taiwan's Development Experience, 1950-1998 (2001); and (with David Lindauer and Steven Radelet) Economics of Development (6th edition, 2006). He is a trustee of the China Medical Board, New York, and director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. Dr. Perkins was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2002.
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