Wilson Center Experts
Derek Scissors focuses his studies on the economies of China and India as research fellow for economics in Heritage's Asian Studies Center. He also analyzes and comments on broader economic trends in Asia, as well as related challenges facing the United States. Scissors has testified before the U.S. Senate on exchange rate disputes between America and China and to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Commission on Chinese investment in the United States. Scissors’ analysis and commentary have appeared in Foreign Affairs, National Review, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal’s Asia edition and Indian news outlets such as The Hindu. Scissors and his work also have been featured in The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Economic Times of India and by news agencies such as the Associated Press, Dow Jones, Reuters and Xinhua. Television audiences know Scissors as a guest commentator on Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, Fox and Fox Business, MSNBC and China’s CCTV, among other major cable and broadcast outlets. His appearances on radio include Fox Radio, National Public Radio and Public Radio International. Scissors also is adjunct professor at George Washington University, where he teaches a course on the Chinese economy. Before joining Heritage in August 2008, Scissors was China economist at Intelligence Research, a global consulting firm. He wrote its China Weekly Bulletin, China Watch and China Quarterly Forecast, and counseled clients --primarily Fortune 500 executives -- concerning their China operations. Scissors has a master's degree in economics from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in international political economy from Stanford University.