Carl Dahlman, Professor, Georgetown University, United States


Carl J. Dahlman is the Luce Professor of International Relations and Information Technology at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He joined Georgetown in January 2005 after more than 25 years of distinguished service at the World Bank.

At Georgetown, Dr. Dahlman’s research and teaching explore how rapid advances in science, technology and information are affecting the growth prospects of nations and influencing trade, investment, innovation, education and economic relations in an increasingly globalizing world.

At the World Bank Dr. Dahlman served as Senior Advisor to the World Bank Institute and managed the Knowledge for Development (K4D) since 1999. Prior to that he served as Staff Director of the 1998-1999 World Development Report, Knowledge for Development, was the Bank’s Resident Representative and Financial Sector Leader in Mexico, and led divisions in the Bank’s Private Sector Development, and Industry and Energy Departments. He has conducted extensive analytical work in major developing countries including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, India, Pakistan, China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Dr. Dahlman’s recent books include: Enhancing China’s Competitiveness through Life Long Learning (2007), Finland and the Knowledge Economy: Accomplishments and Lessons Learned (2006), India and the Knowledge Economy: Leveraging Strengths and Opportunities (2005), China and the Knowledge Economy: Seizing the 21st Century (2001), Korea and the Knowledge-Based Economy: Making the Transition (2000). His recent book chapters include: “Improving, Technology, Skills and Innovation in South Asia, in Ejaz Ghani, editor, South Asia’s Growth and Economic Integration (Macmillan, 2007). “Technology, Globalization and Competitiveness: Challenges for Developing Countries,” in David O’Connor, editor. Industrial Development in the 21rst Century: Sustainable Development Perspectives (United Nations, 2007). “The Innovation Challenge: Drivers of Growth in China and India."  In National Research Council. Innovation Policies for the 21st Century.  Charles W. Wessner, ed.  Washington, D.C., the National Academies Press, 2007. "India’s Knowledge Economy in the Global Context." In National Research Council.  India's Changing Innovation System: Achievements, Challenges, and Opportunities for Cooperation.  Charles W. Wessner and Sujai J. Shivakumar, eds. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press, 2007. His most recent article is “China and India: Emerging Technological Powers” in National Academy of Sciences, Issues in Science and Technology (Spring 2007).
Dr. Dahlman earned a B.A. magna cum laude in international relations from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. He has also taught at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.


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