William H. Overholt

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Adjunct Research Staff
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Education

Ph.D., Yale University; M.Phil., Yale University; B.A., Harvard University

Overview

William Overholt is an adjunct researcher at RAND, specializing in critical issues facing Asia and its relationship with the United States. Before joining RAND in 2002, Overholt spent 21 years managing research units for investment banks across the Asia Pacific region. He served as head of strategy and economics at Nomura's regional headquarters in Hong Kong, and as managing director and head of research at Bank Boston's regional headquarters in Singapore. In 1993, Overholt was awarded the Mainichi News/Asian Affairs Research Center Special Book Prize for his book "The Rise of China." Overholt holds a Ph.D. and master's degree in from Yale University and received a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University.

Research Focus

Recent Projects

  • China's globalization
  • Chinese and Indian car markets
  • Asia's changing strategic situation

Selected Publications

William H. Overholt, China and Globalization (testimony presented to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, May 19, 2005), RAND Corporation (CT-244), 2005

Keith Crane et al., Modernizing China's Military: Opportunities and Constraints, RAND Corporation (MG-260-1), 2005

William H. Overholt, The Rise of China: How Economic Reform Is Creating a New Superpower, W. W. Norton & Company, 2005

William H. Overholt, "China's Economy, Resilience, and Challenge," Harvard China Review, (1), 2004

Commentary

  • Cost of Unleashing China's Currency

    Cost of Unleashing China's Currency, in Christian Science Monitor.

    Jul 13, 2007 Christian Science Monitor

  • Which Economy Will Run Into Trouble First: The US or China?

    Published commentary by RAND staff: CWhich Economy Will Run Into Trouble First: The US or China?, in Policy and Markets Magazine.

    Feb 1, 2007 Policy and Markets Magazine

  • Globalization's Unequal Discontents

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Globalization's Unequal Discontents, in Washingtonpost.com.

    Dec 21, 2006 Washingtonpost.com

  • China Shows Advantages of Accessible Economy

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Sep 27, 2004 Shanghai Daily

  • It's So Easy to Blame China for Everything

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Jan 22, 2004 International Herald Tribune

  • Exposing the Myths

    An international obsession with the Chinese currency appears to be deflating. This passion began with Japanese accusations that China's undervalued currency was causing its deflation, continued with Europeans blaming it for slow European Union growth, hit full power with a vast US National Association of Manufacturers' campaign blaming it for job losses, and reached its pinnacle when Michigan's governor, Jennifer Granholm, declared she would back a presidential candidate based solely on the issue.

    Nov 17, 2003 South China Morning Post

  • Getting Beyond Boundaries

    commentaries by RAND Staff: insightful commentaries on current events, published in newspapers, magazines and journals worldwide.

    Jul 16, 2003 South China Morning Post

  • Be Tougher on Burma Than China

    commentaries by RAND Staff: insightful commentaries on current events, published in newspapers, magazines and journals worldwide.

    Jul 4, 2003 Asian Wall Street Journal

Publications