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Asian Investment Conference 2022

Eswar Prasad

Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy, Cornell University; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution; former Head, China Division, International Monetary Fund

Eswar Prasad

Eswar Prasad is the Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy at Cornell University and an author. He is also Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he holds the New Century Chair in International Economics, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was previously Chief of the Financial Studies Division in the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) Research Department, and before that Head of the IMF's China Division.

Prof. Prasad‘s latest book The Future of Money: How the Digital Revolution is Transforming Currencies and Finance (2021) was named one of the best economics and business books of 2021 by The Economist. He is also the author of Gaining Currency: The Rise of the Renminbi (2016) and The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened Its Grip on Global Finance (2014). His op-ed articles have appeared in the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Harvard Business Review, International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Prof. Prasad has testified before the Senate Finance Committee, the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and his research on China has been cited in the U.S. Congressional Record.

He is also the creator of the Brookings-Financial Times world economy index (TIGER: Tracking Indices for the Global Economic Recovery).

He received his Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Chicago. He holds a Master’s degree from Brown University and a Bachelor’s degree from University of Madras, India.