News Release

On the passing of Brookings senior fellow David Dollar

October 8, 2023

Brookings interim president Amy Liu issued the following statement today following the passing of senior fellow David Dollar:

David DollarThe Brookings Institution is deeply saddened by the unexpected passing of senior fellow David Dollar. David was simply exceptional. David was recognized worldwide as a leading expert and well-regarded scholar of the Chinese economy and U.S.-China economic relations. He was a tremendous friend and colleague, infusing many of us with his profound knowledge and genuine kindness.

David joined Brookings in July 2013 as a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program’s John L. Thornton China Center. He would also become jointly affiliated with the Global Economy and Development program.

While at Brookings, David published countless commentaries, policy briefs, and research reports, as well as two co-edited books: China 2049: Economic Challenges of a Rising Global Power with Yiping Huang and Yang Yao (2020) and The Digital Financial Revolution in China with Yiping Huang (2022). David would become the first Brookings scholar to host his own podcast, Dollar & Sense. David launched the endeavor as a way to lift up Brookings’s extensive scholarship on trade. Over the course of 130 episodes, David set a new standard for moderating engaging, interdisciplinary discussions on the domestic and international economy. Today, the aptly named Dollar & Sense is a frequent reference among journalists and policymakers.

Our thoughts are with his many family and friends, including his wife Paige and his two children Evan and Isabel.

David will be deeply missed.

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