UW Alum, “Guru” on China, Appointed to New Chair at Peterson Institute

[NB: Dr. Lardy sits on the advisory board of the Wisconsin China Initiative.]

Lardy Appointed to New Chair in Honor of Anthony M. Solomon

February 1, 2010

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The Peterson Institute for International Economics is pleased to announce the creation of an endowed chair in honor of the late Anthony M. Solomon and the appointment of Nicholas Lardy as the first scholar to hold the position. Dr. Lardy, who has been a senior fellow at the Institute since 2003, is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on the economy of China. In its recent comprehensive survey of experts on that country, the National Journal called Dr. Lardy “everybody’s guru on China.” His recent pathbreaking work on rebalancing China’s economic growth and on its exchange rate policy has been extremely influential in the policy debates on those critical topics in both China and the United States. Dr. Lardy was the sixth most widely quoted think tank economist in the media during 1997-2005, the latest period for which such data are available, and is cited regularly in the pages of the world’s financial press.

The new chair has been created by the family, friends, and former colleagues of the late Anthony M. Solomon in honor of his exemplary service to his country, and to the world as a whole, throughout the second half of the twentieth century as well as to the Institute for over 25 years. [Read more]

The Institute is proud that Nicholas Lardy will assume the Anthony M. Solomon Chair as the latest stage in his distinguished career. Dr. Lardy joined the Institute in 2003 after serving as a Professor of Economics at Yale University (1975-83) , chair of the China Program (1984-89) and then Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington (1991-1995) , Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution (1995-2003) , and simultaneously Frederick Frank Adjunct Professor of International Trade and Finance at the Yale University School of Management (1997-2000) . He received his BA from the University of Wisconsin in 1968 and his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1975, both in economics.