Peter Blair Henry received his first lesson in international economics at the age of eight, when his family moved from the Caribbean island of Jamaica to affluent Wilmette, Illinois. Upon arrival in the United States, he wondered why people in his new home seemed to have so much more than people in Jamaica. The elusive answer to the question of why the average standard of living can be so different from one country to another still drives him today as a Professor of Economics in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Peter began his academic career on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a wide receiver on the varsity football team and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in economics. With an intrinsic love of learning and a desire to make the world a better place, he knew that he wanted a career as an economist. He also knew that a firm foundation in mathematics would help him to answer the real-life questions that fueled his passion for economics—a passion that earned him a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, where he received a B.A. in mathematics.
PETER BLAIR HENRY International Economist
This foundation in mathematics prepared Peter for graduate study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he received his Ph.D. in economics. While in graduate school, he served as a consultant to the Governors of the Bank of Jamaica and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB). His research at the ECCB helped provide the intellectual foundation for establishing the first stock market in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Area. His research and teaching at Stanford has been funded by the National Science Foundation’s Early Career Development Program (CAREER), which recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century. Peter is also a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a nonpartisan economics think tank based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Peter Blair Henry’s love of learning and his questioning nature have led him to his desired career as an international economist whose research positively impacts and addresses the tough decisions that face the world’s economies. It is his foundation in mathematics that enables him to grapple objectively with complex and emotionally charged issues of international economic policy reform, such as debt relief for developing countries and its effect on international stock markets. The images accompanying Peter Blair Henry’s portrait on the cover represent these vital issues faced by developing countries. Look for other featured applied researchers in the following forthcoming titles in the Tan applied mathematics series:
CHRIS SHANNON Economics and Finance University of California, Berkeley
MARK VAN DER LAAN Biostatistician University of California, Berkeley
JONATHAN D. FARLEY Applied Mathematician California Institute of Technology
NAVIN KHANEJA Applied Scientist Harvard University
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