Nicholas Eberstadt holds the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he researches and writes extensively on demographics and economic development generally, and more specifically on international security in the Korean peninsula and Asia. Domestically, he focuses on poverty and social well-being. Dr. Eberstadt is also a senior adviser to the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR).

His many books and monographs include “Poverty in China” (IDI, 1979); “The Tyranny of Numbers” (AEI Press, 1995); “The End of North Korea” (AEI Press, 1999); “The Poverty of the Poverty Rate” (AEI Press, 2008); and “Russia’s Peacetime Demographic Crisis” (NBR, 2010). His latest book is “Men Without Work: America’s Invisible Crisis” (Templeton Press, 2016).

He has offered invited testimony before Congress on numerous occasions and has served as consultant or adviser for a variety of units within the US government. His appearances on radio and television range from NPR to CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

Mr. Eberstadt has a Ph.D. in political economy and government, an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government, and an A.B. from Harvard University. In addition, he holds a master of science from the London School of Economics.

In 2012, Mr. Eberstadt was awarded the prestigious Bradley Prize.


  • Senior Adviser, National Bureau of Asian Research, 1996–present
  • Founding Board Member, US Committee on Human Rights in North Korea, 2001–present
  • Member, Global Agenda Council, World Economic Forum, 2008–12
  • Member, Visiting Committee, Harvard School of Public Health, 2003–12
  • Member, President’s Council on Bioethics, 2006–09
  • Bosch Fellow in Public Policy, American Academy in Berlin, 2008
  • Member, US Commission on Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People, 2005–07
  • Member, Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Health Statistics, US Department of Health and Human Services, 2003–07
  • Visiting Fellow, Center for Population and Developmental Studies, Harvard University, 1980–2002
  • Consultant, World Bank, US State Department, US Agency for International Development, US 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