Charles Wolf Jr.

Senior Research Fellow
Biography: 

Charles Wolf Jr. passed away on October 24, 2016.

Charles Wolf Jr. was a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was also the chair in international economics at the RAND Corporation, and 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, and international risk assessment.

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 latest 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 wrote 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), Linking Economic Policy and Foreign Policy (Transaction, 1991), Markets or Governments: Choosing between Imperfect Alternatives, 2d ed. (MIT Press, 1993), The Economic Pivot in a Political Context (Transaction, 1997), Economic Openness: Many Facets, Many Metrics (Rand, 1999), 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 was published frequently in national newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and the Asian Wall Street Journal and is a director of several large mutual funds.

He was a member of the advisory board of the Center for International Business and Economic Research at UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Business. He was also a member of the editorial boards of the Korean Journal of Defense Analysis, Society, and the Independent Review and a member of the American Economic Association, the Econometric Society, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

Wolf 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 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.

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What Beijing Wants

by Charles Wolf Jr.via Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 30, 1997

Hoover fellow Charles Wolf Jr. explains how Beijing intends to use its growing strength--and how the United States should respond.

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