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Masahiro Kawai

Dean, Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo

Masahiro Kawai is a professor of economics at the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo. He has been with the University of Tokyo since 1986. From 1977 to 1978, Professor Kawai was a research fellow in the area of Foreign Policy Studies with the Brookings Institution. He was assistant, and later associate professor at The Johns Hopkins University in the Department of Political Economy from 1978 to 1986. From 1998 to 2001, Professor Kawai served with The World Bank as chief economist of the East Asia and Pacific regions and from 2001 to 2003, he was with the Japanese Ministry of Finance serving as deputy vice minister of Finance for International Affairs and as president of the Policy Research Institute. Professor Kawai has also served as the coordinator of the Japan Financial Markets Development Committee for the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, a consultant for the International Monetary Fund, a special research advisor for the Ministry of Finance?s Institute of Fiscal and Monetary Policy, and a consultant for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He received a B.A. and M.A. in economics from the University of Tokyo and an M.Sc. in statistics and a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University, California, USA.

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