Dr. Arthur Alexander joined the Japan Economic Institute in Washington, D.C. as its president in 1990. At JEI he has conducted research on the Japanese economy, defense economics, technology, and innovation. He has testified several times before the U.S. congress on these subjects. He is also a visiting professor in Japanese economics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington.
Dr. Alexander grew up in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. He was graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1958 with a B.S. degree in engineering and industrial management. Following his service in the U.S. Army, he worked for the I.B.M. Corp. for several years as a systems analyst in Poughkeepsie, New York. He then received a M.Sc. degree in economics from the London School of Economics in 1966 and a Ph.D. in economics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1968.
From 1968 to 1990, Dr. Alexander was a member of the research staff of the Rand Corp. in Santa Monica, California where he was the associate head of the economics department from 1977 to 1985. At Rand, he first specialized in Soviet affairs, including research and development, weapons acquisition policies, and defense decisionmaking. He also worked on U.S. R&D policy and defense economics. Dr. Alexander turned to Japanese issues in the 1980s, including studies on trade in services, legal markets, and Japanese innovation and defense industry.
In 1976-1977, Dr. Alexander was a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. He was a member of the U.S. Army Science Board for five years chairing study committees on policy analysis, weapons acquisition, and manpower requirements. Dr. Alexander was also a member of the faculty and advisory board of the Rand Graduate School and a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles where he taught macroeconomics and economics of the Soviet Union.
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