Peter Blair Henry is the Class of 1984 Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, senior fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and dean emeritus of New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. The youngest person ever named to the Stern Deanship, Peter served as dean from January 2010 through December 2017 and doubled the school’s average annual fundraising. Henry is the former Konosuke Matsushita Professor of International Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (2001–6), where his research was funded by a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and he has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles in the flagship journals of economics and finance, as well as a book on global economic policy, Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth (Basic Books).

A vice chair of the boards of the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Economic Club of New York, Henry also serves on the boards of Citigroup and Nike. In 2015, he received the Foreign Policy Association Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the organization, and in 2016 he was honored as one of the Carnegie Foundation’s Great Immigrants.

With financial support from the Hoover Institution and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Henry leads the PhD Excellence Initiative (PhDEI), a predoctoral fellowship program in economics that identifies high-achieving students with the deepest commitment to addressing underrepresentation within economic research and prepares them for the rigors of pursuing a PhD in the field. For his leadership of the PhDEI, Peter received the 2022 Impactful Mentoring Award from the American Economic Association.

Henry received his PhD in economics from MIT and bachelor’s degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a reserve wide receiver on the football team, and a finalist in the 1991 campuswide slam dunk competition.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1969, Henry became a US citizen in 1986. He lives in Stanford and Düsseldorf with his wife and four sons.

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Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth

Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth

Thirty years ago, China seemed hopelessly mired in poverty, Mexico triggered the Third World Debt Crisis, and Brazil suffered under hyperinflation. Since then, these and other developing countries have turned themselves around, while First World nations, battered by crises, depend more than ever on sustained growth in emerging markets.


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