Statement By Tom Gilligan Director, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Charles Wolf Jr.

It is with sadness that I share the news of Charles Wolf’s passing. We were privileged to have Charles as a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution for many years and will remember him for his meaningful contributions to international economic policy and risk assessment. Our thoughts and prayers go to his wife Theresa, his sons and grandsons." 


Charles Wolf Jr. was a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He also held the chair in international economics at the RAND Corporation, and was a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

He was an expert in international economic policy, relationships between economic issues and foreign and defense policy, particularly in Asia and Europe.

His recent research focused on long-term economic and military trends in Asia and Europe, as well as on the economies of China, Japan, and Korea. His research included estimating the costs of Korean reunification and how to limit them, and a separate study of the Russian economy and its prospects.

He has written more than 250 articles and more than a dozen books on economics, defense, and international affairs. Among the latter are Looking Backward and Forward: Policy Issues in the Twenty-first Century (Hoover Institution Press, 2008), Straddling Economics and Politics: Cross-Cutting Issues in Asia, the United States and the Global Economy (Rand, 2002), Fault Lines in China's Economic Terrain (co-authored) (RAND 2003), and North Korean Paradoxes (2005).

Wolf has served with the Department of State, the Economic Cooperation Administration, and the Foreign Operations Administration. He was dean of the RAND Graduate School from 1970 to 1997, and chairman of Rand's Economics Department from 1967 to 1982.

He has taught at Cornell, the University of California at Berkeley, and UCLA. In 1976 he was a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. Wolf received BS and PhD degrees in economics from Harvard University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.