Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist and a demographer by training, is also a senior adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research, a member of the visiting committee at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a member of the Global Leadership Council at the World Economic Forum. He researches and writes extensively on economic development, foreign aid, global health, demographics, and poverty. He is the author of numerous monographs and articles on North and South Korea, East Asia, and countries of the former Soviet Union. His books range from The End of North Korea (AEI Press, 1999) to The Poverty of the Poverty Rate (AEI Press, 2008).
Commissioner, Key National Indicators Council, 2010-present
Member, Global Agenda Council, World Economic Forum, 2008-present
Member, Visiting Committee, Harvard School of Public Health, 2003-present
Senior Adviser, National Bureau of Asian Research, 1996-present
Member, President's Council on Bioethics, 2006-2009
Member, U.S. Commission on Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People, 2005-2007
Member, Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2003-2007
Visiting Fellow, Center for Population and Developmental Studies, Harvard University, 1980-2002
Consultant, World Bank, U.S. State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Bureau of the Census
Ph.D., political economy and government, Harvard University
M.P.A., Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
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