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Masahiro Kawai
Former Dean, ADBI

Brief Biography

Mr. Kawai joined ADBI in January 2007 after serving as Head of ADB's Office of Regional Economic Integration (OREI) and Special Advisor to the ADB President in charge of regional economic cooperation and integration.

Prior to his assumption as Head of OREI, Mr. Kawai was a Professor at the University of Tokyo's Institute of Social Science. Mr. Kawai also worked as Chief Economist for the World Bank's East Asia and the Pacific Region from 1998 to 2001, and as Deputy Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs of Japan's Ministry of Finance from 2001 to 2003.

Mr. Kawai began his career as a Research Fellow at Brookings Institution and then as an Assistant and Associate Professor in the economics department of Johns Hopkins University. Afterwards, he served as an Associate and Full Professor at the Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo.

He served as a consultant at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and at the International Monetary Fund, both in Washington, DC. He was also Special Research Advisor at the Institute of Fiscal and Monetary Policy in Japan's Ministry of Finance, and a visiting researcher at the Bank of Japan's Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies and at the Economic Planning Agency's Economic Research Institute.

Mr. Kawai has published a number of books and numerous articles on economic globalization, on regional financial integration and cooperation in East Asia, including lessons from the Asian crisis, and on the international currency system.

He graduated with his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Economics from the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Economics. He earned his M.S. degree in Statistics and Ph.D. degree in Economics from Stanford University.

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ADBI Publications

New Frontiers in Asia-Latin America Integration: Trade Facilitation, Production Networks, and FTAsThis book examines new frontiers in Asia-Latin America integration through interregional comparative studies in three key areas. 
A World Trade Organization for the 21st Century: The Asian PerspectiveThis book critically examines key changes occurring in the world trading system and explores policy implications for Asia, offering lessons for other regions. 
Trade Policy and Growth in AsiaMasahiro Kawai and Ganeshan Wignaraja examine the changing relationship between trade policy, production networks and economic growth in Asia. 
The Renminbi and Exchange Rate Regimes in East AsiaKawai and Pontines find that the US dollar continues to be the dominant anchor currency in the region, while the RMB has taken on increasing importance in the currency baskets of many East Asian economies in recent years. 
Presentation - Financing for Infrastructure Investment: Connecting South and Southeast AsiaConference material presented at ADBI-OECD 14th Roundtable on Capital Market Reform in Asia. 

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