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The Asia Pacific Center Directors and Leadership Team

Peter Petri

Peter Petri

Co-Director

Peter A. Petri is the interim dean and Carl J. Shapiro Professor of International Finance at Brandeis International Business School (IBS). He is also a Senior Fellow of the East-West Center. From 1994 to 2006, he served as the founding dean of Brandeis IBS. Petri has held appointments as a visiting scholar or professor at the OECD (Paris), Keio University (Tokyo) and Fudan University (Shanghai), and as Fulbright Research Scholar and Brookings Policy Fellow. He has consulted for the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank Institute, the World Bank, the OECD, the United Nations and the governments of the United States and other countries. He has been a member of the editorial boards of the ASEAN Economic Bulletin, Journal of Asian Economics and Singapore Economic Review. He is active in U.S.-Asia affairs and is a member of the Board of the U.S. Asia-Pacific Council, the International Advisory Group of the PECC Trade Policy Forum, and the International Steering Committee of PAFTAD. He is a former Chair of the U.S. APEC Study Center Consortium. Petri's research focuses on international trade, finance, investment and international economic integration, with applications to the Pacific Rim. His work has been supported by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Health and Human Services, and by the World Bank, the United Nations and major foundations.

Gary Jefferson

Gary Jefferson

Co-Director

A specialist in the Chinese economy, Gary Jefferson's research interests include the economics of innovation, economic development and institutional economics. His work also focuses on energy use in China's industrial enterprises. A former Fulbright Scholar at Wuhan University and visitor at the Center for Chinese Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University, Professor Jefferson works extensively with Chinese research colleagues. His collaborations in China include the Ministry of Science and Technology, the National Bureau of Statistics, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. He has also consulted extensively with the World Bank on matters relating to enterprise reform and industrial policy. Professor Jefferson's work presently focuses on the determinants and returns to R&D spending and issues that will determine if China is able to escape the Middle Income Trap. Currently, or in recent years, he has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Asian Economics, the Journal of Comparative Economics, the China Economic Review, Chinese Economic Studies, and the Journal of Contemporary China. Along with publications in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the American Economic Review, the Review of Economics and Statistics, and the Journal of Development Economics, his work is most often featured in the China Economic Review, the Journal of Comparative Economics, and the Journal of Asian Studies. At Brandeis, Professor Jefferson has served as chair of the Economics Department and currently serves as chair of the East Asian Studies Program.