From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Shang-Jin Wei served as chief economist of Asian Development Bank and director general of its economic research and regional cooperation department. He was ADB’s chief spokesperson on economic trends and economic development in Asia, advised ADB’s president on economic development issues, led the bank’s analytical support for regional cooperation fora including ASEAN+3 (China, Japan, and Korea) and APEC, growth strategy diagnostics for developing member countries, and research on macroeconomic, financial, labor market, and globalization issues.
Prior to his Columbia appointment in 2007, Dr. Wei was assistant director and chief of the trade and investment division at the International Monetary Fund. He was the IMF’s chief of mission to Myanmar (Burma) in 2004. He previously held the positions of associate professor of public policy at Harvard University, the New Century Chair in Trade and International Economics at the Brookings Institution, and advisor at the World Bank. Dr. Wei has been a consultant to numerous government organizations including the US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the United Nations Economic Commission on Europe, the United Nations Development Program, the Asian Development Bank, and to private companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a PhD in economics and MS in finance from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Wei is a noted scholar on international finance, trade, macroeconomics, and China. He is a recipient of the Sun Yefang Prize for Distinguished Contributions to Economics (for the invention of the Competitive Saving Motive published in Journal of Political Economy), the Zhang Peifang Prize for Contributions to Economics of Development (for pioneering work on measurement of global value chains published in American Economic Review), and the Gregory Chow Award for Best Research Paper; some of his research was supported by a grant from the US National Science Foundation.