David Dollar has served as the World Bank's China Director and is currently the U.S. Treasury Department's Economic and Financial Emissary to China.
Before this assignment, Mr. Dollar worked as Director for the development research department of the World Bank, overseeing the Bank’s research on the investment climate and growth. He co-authored the recent World Bank reports Globalization, Growth, and Poverty and Assessing Aid. His earlier work focused on aid and growth, and the determinants of the success and failure of reform programs supported by structural adjustment lending. He has been a key World Bank spokesperson on investment climate, globalization, and the effectiveness of aid.
He has a PhD in economics from New York University and a B.A. in Chinese history and language from Dartmouth College.
David Dollar: I'm David Dollar. I'm the Country Director for China and Mongolia for the World Bank based in Beijing, China. I was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but my parents moved to Rutherford, New Jersey before I was one. So I grew up in the suburbs of New York City, and I spent a quite a bit of time as a teenager going over to New York City, going to museums and movies. I think having a great metropolitan center like New York is a wonderful influence on a child growing up. When I think back about how I first got interested in China and Asia, I think my early interest as a teenager was primarily in natural resources in reading about the wild life, reading about climbing the Himalayan Mountains. I always had this fascination with the Himalayas; but as I was an older teenager the Vietnam War was raging, and I think that was in the minds of people very much at the time. And then the year I graduated from high school, Nixon went to China and there was this great interest in China opening up after a long period of being closed. So I think those combination of factors when I was a teenager first got me interested in China and in Asia more generally.
Recorded on: 7/3/07