Prof. Dwight H. Perkins is former Chair of the Economics Department at Harvard University. He led the Harvard Institute for International Development for fifteen years (1980-1995). He is a leading expert on the industrialization of East Asia and has authored or edited twelve books on the region's economic history and development.
Prof. Perkins has served as an advisor or consultant on economic policy and reform to the governments of Korea, China, Malaysia, and Vietnam. At his initiative Harvard began its engagement with Vietnam in the late 1980s. He has been a contributing author of several Harvard studies of the Vietnamese economy including In Search of the Dragon's Trail (1994) and Choosing Success (2008).