Arthur Alexander

Arthur Alexander

Adjunct Lecturer
Japan Studies


  • Japan

Background and Education

Arthur Alexander is an adjunct lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, teaching on the Japanese economy. He was president of the Japan Economic Institute in Washington, DC from 1990 to 2000. His other experience includes 22 years at the Rand Corporation and consulting to industry and government. He was an original faculty member of the Rand Graduate School for Policy Analysis and a member of its advisory committee.

His most recent books on the Japanese economy: The Arc of Japan’s Economic Development, Routledge, 2007; and In the Shadow of the Miracle, Lexington Books, 2002. Dr. Alexander received an award from the Japanese Foreign Ministry for “distinguished service” promoting understanding of Japan.

Dr. Alexander grew up in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, graduated from MIT, served in the U.S. Army, worked for the IBM Corp. as a systems analyst, received a MSc degree in economics from the London School of Economics, and a PhD in economics from the Johns Hopkins University. He was a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. For five years, he served on the U.S. Army Science Board, a civilian advisory group. He is currently serving on the publicly elected town council of the Maryland municipality of Martin’s Additions and was its chair for two years.

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Fall 2017 
Provides an ove...
Provides an overview of the modern Japanese economy. Starts with a brief look at the economic history of Japan, then covers other topics, including the relationship among savings, investment and trade, industrial structure and industrial policy. Concludes with a consideration of the role and outlook of the Japanese economy in the world. Some outside reading in macroeconomic theory may be required for students who are new to the study of economics.