COMMEMORATION OCTOBER 19th & 20th, 2012 MIT MEDIA LAB
Alice H. Amsden BARTON L. WELLER PROFESSOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AT THE MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY.
Biography Dr. Alice H. Amsden was born in New York City, received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in 1965, and her PhD from the London School of Economics in 1971. She began her career as an economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and before joining MIT in 1994, taught at the University of California at Los Angeles, Barnard College, Harvard Business School, and The New School. At MIT, she held the Ellen Swallow Richards Institute Chair from 1994 until 1999, when she was named the Weller Professor. A prolific scholar, Dr. Amsden wrote extensively about the process of industrialization in emerging economies, particularly in Asia. Her work frequently emphasized the importance of the state as a creator of economic growth, and challenged the idea that globalization had produced generally uniform conditions in which emerging economies could find a one-size-fits-all path to prosperity. Dr. Amsden was a consultant on industrial development for the UN, World Bank, OECD and numerous governments. In 2009, she was appointed by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to a threeyear seat on the U.N. Committee on Development Policy, part of the U.N. Economic and Social Council; the committee provides advice to the council on a wide range of economic development issues.
Alice was chosen in 2002 as one of the Top 50 Visionaries by Scientific American magazine for her book, The Rise of the Rest: Challenges to the West from Late-Industrializing Economies (OUP, 2001). According to Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in Economics, â€œThis is a masterful book that challenges the dominant paradigm of late industrialization.â€? Most recently, she had been working on a book entitled, A Rational Revolution: Developing from Role Models. She contributed pieces to The New York Times, The Nation, World Policy Journal, Technology Review, Milken Institute Review, and Mother Jones, as well as numerous other newspapers and magazines. Alice is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Myra Strober and Jay Jackman of Stanford, Calif.; nephew Jason Strober, his wife, Joanna Strober, and their children, Sarah, Jared and Ari, of Los Altos Hills, Calif.; niece Elizabeth Strober, her husband, Bryan Cohen, and their son, Leo Strober Cohen, of Seattle; nephew Rashi Jackman, his wife Maike Ahrends, and their son, Jasper Ahrends, of Palo Alto, Calif.; nephew Jason Scott and his wife, Lena Chu, of Mountain View, Calif.; and niece Tenaya Jackman of Oakland, Calif. Amsden was previously married to John Amsden and to Takhashi Hikino.
Key Books 2007 ESCAPE FROM EMPIRE: THE DEVELOPING WORLD’S JOURNEY THROUGH HEAVEN AND HELL MIT PRESS 2003 BEYOND LATE DEVELOPMENT: TAIWAN’S UPGRADING POLICIES MIT PRESS, 2003, (WITH WAN WEN CHU) 2001 THE RISE OF “THE REST”: CHALLENGES TO THE WEST FROM LATE-INDUSTRIALIZING ECONOMIES OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 1994 THE MARKET MEETS ITS MATCH: RESTRUCTURING THE ECONOMIES OF EASTERN EUROPE HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS (WITH JACEK KOCHANOWICZ AND LANCE TAYLOR) 1989 ASIA’S NEXT GIANT: SOUTH KOREA AND LATE INDUSTRIALIZATION OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, 1989.
Awards 2002 TOP 50 VISIONARIES AWARDED BY SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MAGAZINE FOR THE RISE OF “THE REST”: CHALLENGES TO THE WEST FROM LATEINDUSTRIALIZING ECONOMIES 2002 LEONTIEF PRIZE AWARDED BY TUFTS UNIVERSITY, IN RECOGNITION OF IMPORTANT “CONTRIBUTIONS TO ECONOMIC THEORY THAT … SUPPORT JUST AND SUSTAINABLE SOCIETIES.” 1992 “BEST BOOK IN POLITICAL ECONOMY” AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION, FOR ASIA’S NEXT GIANT: SOUTH KOREA AND LATE INDUSTRIALIZATION
Appointments 1994 - 2012 MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF URBAN STUDIES & PLANNING 1989 - 1994 NEW SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH PROFESSOR, GRADUATE FACULTY, ECONOMICS 1983 - 1989 HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL LECTURER 1977 - 1983 BARNARD COLLEGE ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, ECONOMICS 1972 - 1977 UCLA ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, ECONOMICS
Education 1971 LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS PH.D. 1969 LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS M.SC 1965 CORNELL UNIVERSITY
REFLECTIONS ON INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIP
8:30 - 8:45
WELCOME & OPENING REMARKS Dr. Amy Glasmeier, Head and Professor, DUSP
8:45 – 10:15
DEVELOPMENT POLICY (Moderator) Dr. Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Associate Professor, Department of Urban Studies and Planning Dr. José Antonio Ocampo, Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University Dr. Andrés Solimano, Chairman, International Center for Globalization and Development, CIGLOB
10:15 – 10:40
10:40 - 12:00
LATIN AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT (Moderator) Dr. Kevin Gallagher, Associate Professor of International Relations, Boston University Dr. Ben Ross Schneider, Professor of Political Science, MIT Dr. Helen Shapiro, Colleges 9 & 10 Provost, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Santa Cruz
12:00 – 1:30
CONTRIBUTIONS TO DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS & POLICY
1:30 – 3:00
EAST ASIAN DEVELOPMENT (Moderator) Dr. Carter J. Eckert, Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University Dr. Eun Mee Kim, Dean and Professor, Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University Dr. Wan-wen Chu, Research Fellow, RCHSS, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan/ Adjunct Professor, National Taiwan University
3:00 - 3:20
3:20 – 4:50
DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS (Moderator) Dr. Aya Okada, Professor, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University Dr. Lance Taylor, Arnhold Professor of International Cooperation and Development, Emeritus, The New School for Social Research Dr. Ajit Singh, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Cambridge University
ALICE AMSDEN AS TEACHER & ADVISOR
4:50 - 4:25
ALICE AMSDEN AS TEACHER & ADVISOR (Moderator) Dr. Karen Polenske, Professor, DUSP Dr. Paola Perez-Aleman, Associate Professor of Strategy & Organization, McGill University Dr. Monica Pinhanez, Professor, Brazilian School of Public Administration & Business Dr. Lynn Pyun, DUSP Graduate 2012
5:25 – 5:30
CLOSING REMARKS Dr. Amy Glasmeier, Head and Professor, DUSP
5:30 – 6:30
DR. WAN-WEN CHU RESEARCH FELLOW, RCHSS, ACADEMIA SINICA, TAIPEI, TAIWAN/ ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, NATIONAL TAIWAN UNIVERSITYT
Dr. Wan-Wen Chu is chairperson of the Program for Economic Development and Trade in East Asia in the Research Center for Humanities and Social Science at the Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. Her books include Engine of Economic Growth: Studies of Taiwanâ€™s Petrochemical and Bicycle Industries (Taishe, 2002) and Globalization and the Taiwan Economy (Taishe, 2003). Before becoming an adjunct professor at the National Taiwan University, she taught at the University of Notre Dame and University of California, Los Angeles. Her research interests include economic development (the development of newly industrializing countries), industrial policy, and industrial organization. Alice was a frequent collaborator and researcher on projects in Taiwan and co-author of Beyond Late Development (2003) with Dr. Chu.
DR. CARTER J. ECKERT YOON SE YOUNG PROFESSOR OF KOREAN HISTORY, EAST ASIAN LANGUAGES AND CIVILIZATIONS, HARVARD UNIVERSITY
As Yoon Se Young Professor, Dr. Carter J. Eckert is actively engaged in enhancing the study of Korean history at Harvard University through the introduction of new courses and promotion of dialogue and exchange with scholars working on Korean history throughout the world, including China, Japan, Europe, and, of course Korea itself. He is the author of Offspring of Empire: The Colonial Origins of Korean Capitalism, which received the John K. Fairbank Prize in East Asian History from the American Historical Association and the John Whitney Hall Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. He is a co-author of Korea Old and New: A History, a widely-used university textbook on Korean history. He also recently co-edited a book on the economic development of the Republic of Korea with Professor Lee-Jay Cho of the University of Hawaii. Alice was a close friend of Dr. Eckert—their relationship went back nearly thirty years—and they were colleagues in the study of Korean economic development.
DR. KEVIN GALLAGHER ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Dr. Kevin Gallagher coordinates the Global Development Policy Program at Boston University. He is the author of The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization (with R. Porzecanski), The Enclave Economy: Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development in Mexico’s Silicon Valley (with L. Zarsky), and Free Trade and the Environment: Mexico, NAFTA, and Beyond. As a faculty fellow at BU’s Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, he leads the Global Economic Governance Initiative. He is a research associate at the Global Development and Environment Institute of Tufts University and the Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Gallagher was a former student of Alice and recent collaborator on “the new developmentalism”.
DR. AMY GLASMEIER HEAD AND PROFESSOR, DUSP
Dr. Amy Glasmeier is Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, the longest-running continuous planning program in the United States, repeatedly ranked #1 in the nation. She is an expert in economic geography, regional planning and spatial statistics. Prior to coming to MIT, she was E. Willard Miller Professor of Economic Geography at the Pennsylvania State University and the John Whisman Scholar of the Appalachian Regional Commission. She is currently engaged in a retrospective examination of poverty and poverty policy in the U.S., work that is leading to new perspectives on the nature and extent of persistent poverty here. She is also completing a project on the spatial location of wounded soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan, hoping through this work to draw attention to the particular difficulties of soldiers seeking health care while living in rural areas. Aliceâ€™s work inspired Amy and taught her that alternative narratives should have equal footing in the debate about the future. Alice was a precious colleague; funny, caring, and ferocious in her beliefs.
DR. EUN MEE KIM DEAN AND PROFESSOR, GRADUATE SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, EWHA WOMANS UNIVERSITY
In addition to currently serving as president of the Korea Association of International Development, Dr. Eun Mee Kim has been a civilian member of the Committee for International Development Cooperation under the Prime Ministerâ€™s Office, Policy Advisory Committee under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Policy Advisory Committee under the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. Her interests include international development cooperation, foreign aid, political economy of development, globalization and multiculturalism. She is the author of Adapt, Fragment, Transform: Corporate Restructuring and System Reform in South Korea (Stanford University Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2012), among other books.. Alice was a colleague, friend, and mentor of Dr. Kim on work on South Koreaâ€™s economic development, and especially on chaebol (business groups) and is dearly missed.
DR. JOSĂ‰ ANTONIO OCAMPO PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Dr. JosĂŠ Antonio Ocampo is director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration in the School of International and Public Affairs, Fellow of the Committee on Global Thought, and co-President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. The recipient of the 2008 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and the 1988 Alejandro Angel Escobar National Science Award of Colombia, he has published extensively on macroeconomic theory and policy, international financial issues, economic and social development, international trade, and Colombian and Latin American economic history. To Dr. Ocampo, Alice was a constant intellectual inspiration, a magnificent person to debate development issues and, above all, just a great friend.
DR. AYA OKADA PROFESSOR, GRADUATE SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, NAGOYA UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY
Dr. Aya Okada is currently a visiting professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, and in 2011 and 2012 was a visiting scholar in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at MIT, at Alice’s invitation. Her research interests include economic and industrial development, regional industrial clusters, and education and skills development in Asian developing countries. Dr. Okada’s books include Industrial Skills Development in Developing Countries (2008, in Japanese) and Human Resources Development in Cambodia (forthcoming, in Japanese). Her current research examines changing patterns of skills development in India, China, and the U.S. Recently, she has played consulting/advisory roles for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and UNESCO. Dr. Okada was one of Alice’s first doctoral students when Alice joined DUSP/MIT in early 1994—Alice remained her close advisor, mentor and good friend.
DR. PAOLA PEREZ-ALEMAN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF STRATEGY & ORGANIZATION, MCGILL UNIVERSITY
Dr. Paola Perez-Aleman’s research focuses on enterprise development and its links to wider socio-economic processes in emerging and developing economies. Her recent article, “Collective Learning in Global Diffusion: Spreading Quality Standards in a Developing Country Cluster,” in Organization Science was selected by the Industries Studies Association and INFORMS as one of the five best articles published in all 11 INFORMS journals (800 articles) in 2011. In recognition of her exceptional leadership in integrating social and environmental issues into her research and teaching in management, she was named a Faculty Pioneer Award Finalist by the Aspen Institute in 2010. Alice was Dr. Perez-Aleman’s doctoral supervisor, long-life mentor and friend, and a constant source of inspiration. They enjoyed regular visits in Cambridge, Nicaragua, and Cape Cod.
DR. MONICA PINHANEZ PROFESSOR, BRAZILIAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION & BUSINESS
Dr. Monica Pinhanez is currently an adjunct professor of the Brazilian School of Public and Business Management (EBAPE) of the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has lectured at New York University, Rutgers University, University of Toronto, Yokohama International University, and Foundation School of Sociology and Politics of Sao Paulo (FESPSP). She has also worked at the International Labour Organization (ILO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the Housing Office of the City of Sao Paulo. Her main areas of interest are organizational theory applied to the public sector, new public management, state reform, and motivation and performance of public employees. Dr. Pinhanez was a doctoral student of Alice.
DR. KAREN R. POLENSKE PROFESSOR, DUSP
Since 1966, Dr. Karen R. Polenske has conducted energy, environment, and transportation projects in many U.S. regions, including Appalachia, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, and in Brazil, China, Iran, and other countries. She is well known as one of the most prominent input-output economists in the world and for her work on regional energy and environmental issues. She is a Fellow of the International Input-Output Association (IIOA) and of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI), the highest honor in each association. She was President of the IIOA (1995â€“2000) and Head of the International Development and Regional Planning Group in DUSP (1995â€“2006). Her publications include eight books and numerous articles in key economic and planning journals. Alice was a valued colleague in DUSP with whom Dr. Polenske enjoyed frequent interactions.
DR. LYNN PYUN DUSP GRADUATE 2012
Dr. Lynn Pyun is currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard Business School. Broadly defined, her research interest is in how institutions impact economic development, particularly the performance of business firms. Alice played a central role in shaping her research orientation and professional development. Dr. Pyun was Aliceâ€™s last Ph.D. advisee, and she is deeply grateful for Aliceâ€™s guidance and support over the years.
DR. HELEN SHAPIRO COLLEGES 9 & 10 PROVOST, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, UC SANTA CRUZ
Dr. Helen Shapiro teaches in the Departments of Sociology, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has published widely on Latin American economic development and industrial policy, including Engines of Growth: The State and Transnational Auto Companies in Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 1994). She previously taught at the Harvard Business School. Since 2006 she has held the position of Provost of Colleges 9 and 10/Associate Dean of Social Sciences at UCSC. Her research interests include political economy; economic development in Latin America; industrial policy; business-government relations. Alice became a close friend and colleague of Dr. Shapiro after their initial meeting in 1988.
DR. AJIT SINGH EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
In 2011â€“2012 Dr. Ajit Singh was the fifth holder of the Tun Ismail Ali Chair at the University of Malaya; in 2012 he will be the first holder of the Manmohan Singh Chair at the University of Punjab, India. He was a senior economic adviser to the governments of Mexico and Tanzania and has advised almost all UN developmental agencies. His research focuses on modern business enterprise, corporate finance and the market for corporate control; de-industrialization, structural changes and employment; and liberalization and globalization of financial and product markets and emerging countries. He has authored or coauthored more than 200 research publications and authored or coedited 17 books and monographs. Alice was a professor at MIT, but Dr. Singh believes her true intellectual home was Cambridge, England.
DR. BALAKRISHNAN RAJAGOPAL ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF URBAN STUDIES AND PLANNING
Dr. Balakrishnan Rajagopal is director of the Program on Human Rights and Justice in the Center for International Studies at MIT. He is a Faculty Associate in Harvard Law Schoolâ€™s Program on Negotiation and has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC, the Madras Institute of Development Studies and the Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University, and a Visiting Professor at the UN University for Peace, University of Melbourne Law School and the Washington College of Law, American University. He served for many years with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia and received that countryâ€™s highest Royal Award for foreign nationals from the King of Cambodia. Alice was a colleague and a friend of Raj for many years at DUSP; they shared mutual interests and co-taught courses.
DR. BEN ROSS SCHNEIDER PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, MIT
Before joining the MIT faculty Dr. Ben Schneider taught at Princeton University and Northwestern University. He is the author of Hierarchical Capitalism in Latin America: Business, Labor, and the Challenge of Equitable Development (forthcoming), and Business and the State in 20th Century Latin America (Cambridge University Press). He has a strong interest in contemporary policy debates and has consulted for the Ford Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, Global Development Network, United Nations Research Institute for Social Research (UNRISD), and governments of Brazil and the United States. Alice was an inspiration, in large part due to her book Asiaâ€™s Next Giant, and ever after an intellectual beacon, role model, and friend.
DR. ANDRĂ‰S SOLIMANO CHAIRMAN, INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR GLOBALIZATION AND DEVELOPMENT, CIGLOB
Dr. Solimano is founder and chairman of the International Center for Globalization and Development (CIGLOB). Previously, he was a Regional Advisor at the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Country Director at the World Bank, Executive Director at the Inter-American Development Bank, and Director of FLACSO-Chile. His research includes a study of the international mobility of talent for the UN University-World Institute of Economic Research (UNU-WIDER). His writings have focused on examinations of inequality, growth, macro and development policy, and political economy. Alice was a colleague and close friend of Dr. Solimano.
DR. LANCE TAYLOR ARNHOLD PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT, EMERITUS, THE NEW SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
Dr. Lance Taylor has published widely in macroeconomics, development economics, and economic theory. His books include: Global Finance at Risk: The Case for International Regulation (with J. Eatwell; The New Press, 2000), External Liberalization, Economic Performance, and Social Policy (Oxford, 2001), External Liberalization in Asia, Post-Socialist Europe, and Brazil (Oxford, 2006), and Maynard’s Revenge The Collapse of Free Market Macroeconomics (Harvard, 2010). He has been a visiting scholar or policy advisor in over 25 countries, including Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, Russia, Egypt, Kuwait, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Pakistan, India, and Thailand. Alice was a friend and colleague for almost thirty years of Dr. Taylor—he learned more from her than he expects she learned from him.
DR. MYRA H. STROBER PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION, STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Dr. Myra Strober is a labor economist and Professor at the School of Education at Stanford University. She is also Professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University (by courtesy). Dr. Stroberâ€™s research and consulting focus on gender issues at the workplace, work and family, and multidisciplinarity in higher education. She is the author of numerous articles on occupational segregation, women in the professions and management, the economics of childcare, feminist economics and the teaching of economics. Myra is Aliceâ€™s sister.
Special Thanks To Benjamin Bradlow Mary Jane Daly Maria Victoria del Campo Sue Delaney Amy Glasmeier Ezra Glenn Kirsten Greco Maryellen R. Kelley Stephen Kennedy Duncan Kincaid Xin Li Bill Lombardi Kyung-Min Nam Aya Okada Lynn Pyun Dean Adèle Naudé Santos Rebecca Shaw Myra Strober Phil Sunde Sandy Wellford Bettina Urcuioli Karen Yegian
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