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Marcus Noland Named Executive Vice President and Director of Studies of the Peterson Institute for International Economics

November 1, 2013

WASHINGTON—The Peterson Institute for International Economics announced today that Marcus Noland, who has been associated with the Institute since 1986 and a senior fellow since 1994, has been named the Institute's executive vice president and director of studies. From 2009 through 2012, he served as the Institute's deputy director before becoming director of studies in 2012.

"Marcus has done extraordinary service for the Institute over the past few years," said Adam S. Posen, president of the Peterson Institute. "His commitment to rigor, quality, and fair standards has been evident in his handling of everyone's work while serving as director of studies. And his leadership in the areas of replicating numerical studies and transparency has been outstanding."

Dr. Noland has published more than a dozen Institute books on a wide range of topics, including trade policy, industrial policy, the Asian economic crisis, Japan, Korea, the Middle East and Islam, and the Pacific Rim. His new role at the Institute will permit him to continue his own research, which follows on the success of his 2011 book, Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea.

Dr. Noland has become a leading authority on the economy of North Korea and on Korea as a whole. Witness to Transformation continues to be heavily cited in government studies, including Congressional Research Service policy briefs and the US Department of State's annual report on human rights. Dr. Noland has advised US presidents on policy strategy toward North Korea. He is also the co-editor of the highly regarded blog North Korea: Witness to Transformation, which had more than 1.1 million pageviews in 2012, a 64 percent increase over 2011.

Dr. Noland spent a year as a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the White House in 1993–94. He has held research or teaching positions at Johns Hopkins–SAIS, Yale, the East-West Center in Hawaii, Johns Hopkins University (where he received his Ph.D. in 1985 after studying under the late Bela Balassa, who first brought him to the Institute), the University of Southern California, Tokyo University and Saitama University (now the National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies) in Japan, the University of Ghana, and the Korea Development Institute. He has lived in Ghana, Japan, and Korea during his periods of teaching there. He is a past president of the Association of Comparative Economic Studies and sits on the editorial boards of numerous scholarly journals.

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