Peter Blair Henry

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Peter Blair Henry

NYU Stern Business School

Peter Blair Henry is W. R. Berkley Professor of Economics and Finance, Dean Emeritus, at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where he also runs the Ph.D. Excellence Initiative, a post-bac fellowship program for underrepresented minorities in economics. Peter came to Stern from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of International Economics.

In 2008, he led Barack Obama’s Presidential Transition Team in its review of international lending agencies such as the IMF and the World Bank. In June 2009, President Obama appointed Peter to the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships.

Peter is a member of the board of directors of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Citi, and Nike. In 2015, he was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the organization.

The author of numerous academic articles and book chapters, Peter is best known for a series of publications that overturn conventional wisdom on the topics of debt relief, international capital flows, and the role of institutions in economic growth. The most provocative of these pieces, Institutions vs. Policies: A Tale of Two Islands inspired NPR’s Planet Money and This American Life to travel with Peter to the Caribbean for a first-hand view of the economic disparities between Barbados and Jamaica.

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