David Dollar is a senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution and host of the Brookings trade podcast, Dollar&Sense. He is a leading expert on China’s economy and U.S.-China economic relations. From 2009 to 2013, Dollar was the U.S. Treasury’s economic and financial emissary to China, based in Beijing, facilitating the macroeconomic and financial policy dialogue between the United States and China. Prior to joining Treasury, Dollar worked 20 years for the World Bank, serving as country director for China and Mongolia, based in Beijing (2004-2009). His other World Bank assignments focused on Asian economies, including South Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Bangladesh, and India. Dollar also worked in the World Bank’s research department. His publications focus on economic reform in China, globalization, and economic growth. He also taught economics at University of California Los Angeles, during which time he spent a semester in Beijing at the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 1986. He has a doctorate in economics from New York University and a bachelor’s in Chinese history and language from Dartmouth College.


  • Evenflow Macro, advisor
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation, Economic Advisory Council
  • World Bank, Washington, DC, consultant
  • Past Positions

    • Economic and Financial Emissary to China, U.S. Treasury, U.S. Embassy, Beijing (2009-2013)
    • Country Director for China and Mongolia, World Bank, Beijing, China (2004-2009)
    • Director of Development Policy, World Bank Development Economics (2003-2004)
    • Research Manager, Macroeconomics and Growth, World Bank Development Economics (1995-2003)
    • Country Economist for Vietnam, World Bank East Asia Region (1989-1995)
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of California, Los Angeles (1984-1989)
  • Education

    • B.A., Chinese History and Language, Dartmouth, 1975
    • Ph.D., Economics, New York University, 1984

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