Nicholas Eberstadt, a political economist and a demographer by training, is also a senior adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research, a member of the visiting committee at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a member of the Global Leadership Council at the World Economic Forum. He researches and writes extensively on economic development, foreign aid, global health, demographics, and poverty. He is the author of numerous monographs and articles on North and South Korea, East Asia, and countries of the former Soviet Union. His books range from The End of North Korea (AEI Press, 1999) to The Poverty of the Poverty Rate (AEI Press, 2008).



  • Commissioner, Key National Indicators Council, 2010-present
  • Member, Global Agenda Council, World Economic Forum, 2008-present
  • Member, Visiting Committee, Harvard School of Public Health, 2003-present
  • Senior Adviser, National Bureau of Asian Research, 1996-present
  • Member, President’s Council on Bioethics, 2006-2009
  • Member, U.S. Commission on Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People, 2005-2007
  • Member, Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2003-2007
  • Visiting Fellow, Center for Population and Developmental Studies, Harvard University, 1980-2002
  • Consultant, World Bank, U.S. State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Bureau of the Census


Ph.D., political economy and government, Harvard University
M.P.A., Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
M.Sc., London School of Economics
A.B., Harvard University