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February 11, 2014

William T. Wilson, International Economist, Moves to Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2014-Dr. William “Bill” Wilson, former chief economist for Ernst and Young, LLP, has taken a new post at The Heritage Foundation.  Wilson will serve as senior research fellow in the think tank’s highly regarded Asian Studies Center. 

"Economics is central to the story of Asia’s rise and what makes it so critical to U.S. interests.  We’re thrilled to have an economist of Bill’s academic, business and free-market credentials aboard,” said Walter Lohman, director of the Asian Studies Center. 

Most recently, Wilson was senior research fellow at the Skolkovo Institute for Emerging Market Studies (IEMS).  In that capacity, he headed up the Moscow-based think tank’s economic and financial research for five years. During that time, he established the IEMS’s office in Beijing, where he worked for three years. 

He has also done business in India, where he founded and managed a private business consultancy.       

In the U.S., Wilson is known in public policy circles for his work with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. Much of his recent research has dealt with financial sector development in emerging markets. 

Heritage President Jim DeMint said of Dr. Wilson’s hiring, “We couldn’t ask for someone with a better combination of research expertise and commitment to economic freedom.  The free market principles that apply in Michigan and Moscow, also apply in Beijing, New Delhi, Taipei and Seoul.  We’re counting on Bill to help officials in Asian capitals and our own understand that.”       

Wilson holds a PhD in economics, with a concentration in finance, from Purdue University.  He will be living in Washington, DC. 

Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is the most broadly supported public policy research institute in the nation. Its Asian Studies Center celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.

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