Alice H. Amsden is the Barton L. Weller Professor of Political Economy at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Professor Amsden’s research interests focus on economic and industrial development. She has recently done a research project with the Asian Development Bank Institute on research and development by foreign firms in developing countries. She is currently working with the ADBI on a project on the Indian software industry.
Dr. Amsden recently received the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought, awarded by Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute Scientific American Top 50 Visionaries. Her selected recent publications include Beyond Late Development: Taiwan’s Upgrading Policies, coauthored with Wan-wen Chu (MIT Press, June 2003); The Rise of “the Rest”: Challenges to the West from Late-Industrializing Countries (Oxford University Press, 2001); The Market Meets its Match: Restructuring the Economies of Eastern Europe, coauthored with Jacek Kochanowicz and Lance Taylor (Harvard University Press, 1994); and Asia’s Next Giant: South Korea and Late Industrialization (Oxford, 1989), which won the prize of Best Book in Political Economy in 1992 from the American Political Science Association.
Additionally, Dr. Amsden has served as a consultant with the World Bank, OECD, and various United Nations organizations. She has written extensively on problems of industrial transformation in East Africa, East Asia, and Eastern Europe.