Derek M. Scissors is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on the Chinese and Indian economies and US economic relations with China and India. He also studies US economic relations with other Asian countries. He is author of the China Global Investment Tracker and a series of papers starting in late 2008 which chronicled the end of pro-market Chinese reform and predicted economic stagnation as a result. He is also currently an adjunct professor at George Washington University.

Before joining AEI, Dr. Scissors was a senior research fellow in the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation. He has worked for London-based Intelligence Research Ltd., taught economics at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, and served as an action officer in international economics and energy for the US Department of Defense.

Dr. Scissors has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and a doctorate from Stanford University.


  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Economics, George Washington University, 2001–present

  • Senior Research Fellow, Asian Studies Center, Heritage Foundation, 2008–13

  • China economist, Intelligence Research Ltd., London, 1998–2008

  • Lecturer, Department of Economics, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, 1994–97

  • Action officer in International Economics and Energy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, US Department of Defense, 1989–90.


Ph.D., international political economy, Stanford University
M.A., economics, University of Chicago
A.B., economics, University of Michigan

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