Derek M. Scissors is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies Asian economic issues and trends. In particular, he focuses on the Chinese and Indian economies and US economic relations with China and India. He is author of the China Global Investment Tracker and the Chinese Investment in the US Dataset

Scissors is also an adjunct professor at George Washington University, where he teaches a course on the Chinese economy.

Before joining AEI, Scissors was a senior research fellow in the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation. He has also worked in London for 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.

Scissors has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago, and a doctorate in international political economy from Stanford University.


  • Adjunct Professor in Chinese Economy, Department of Economics, Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, George Washington University, 2000–present
  • Senior Research Fellow in Economics, Asian Studies Center, Heritage Foundation, 2008–13
  • Economist Specializing in Chinese Economy, Intelligence Research Ltd., Courcy’s Intelligence Service, London, 1998–2008
  • Lecturer, Department of Economics, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, 1994–97
  • Action Officer in International Economics and Energy, International Security Affairs, 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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