Arthur J Alexander


Adjunct Professor


Asian Studies Program (ASP)
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Dr. Arthur Alexander's experience includes ten years as president of a research institution specializing in Japanese economics, the Japan Economic Institute in Washington, D.C., where he conducted research on the Japanese economy, industry, technology, and innovation. He has testified often before the U.S. congress on Japanese and other economic issues. He is a visiting professor at Georgetown University and also has taught at George Mason University in Virginia and at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. In 2001, Dr. Alexander received an award from the Japanese Foreign Ministry for "distinguished service" promoting understanding of Japan. . His book on the Japanese economy, In the Shadow of the Miracle, was published by Lexington Books in 2002.

Dr. Alexander graduated from the M.I.T. in 1958. Following service in the U.S. Army, he worked for the IBM Corp. as a systems analyst. 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. where he was associate head of its economics departmen. At Rand, he specialized in Soviet affairs, research and development, weapons acquisition policies, and defense decisionmaking. Dr. Alexander turned to Japanese issues in the 1980s, including studies on trade in services, legal markets, innovation, and defense industry. Dr. Alexander was a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and a member of the U.S. Army Science Board for five years, chairing studies on policy analysis, weapons acquisition, and labor requirements.


  • PhD (1969) Johns Hopkins, Econ
  • M. Sc. (1966) Loindon School of Economcs, Economics
  • B.S. (1958) MIT, Industrial Management, Engineering