Areas of interest

  • Emerging Market Economies
  • International Economic Integration
  • International Financial System and Global Governance
  • Canadian Public Policy


Main Bio

Wendy Dobson is a Professor Emerita at the Rotman School of Management and former Canadian Associate Deputy Minister of Finance. She has offered courses in international business and Canadian public policy. Dobson is a former President of the C.D. Howe Institute Canada’s leading in dependent economic think tank, and has served as a non-executive director of a number of Canadian companies in finance and energy. She has also chaired the Pacific Trade and Development (PAFTAD) pan-Pacific research network.  She is a director of the Canadian Ditchley Foundation and the Leacock Foundation.   She has published more than two dozen books and articles on Asia and the International economy. Gravity Shift: How Asia’s New Economic Powerhouses Will Shape the 21st Century (2009) was a prize winner in Canada and received a Chinese award for the Mandarin edition. More recent books include Partners and Rivals: the Uneasy Future of China’s Relationship with the United States (2013). In 2020 her latest book Living with China: A Middle Power Finds its Way (September 2019) was a Finalist for the 2019 Donner Prize for the best book in Canadian public policy and Finalist 2020 for The National Business Book Award.

Select publications

Her most recent book is Partners and Rivals: The Uneasy Future of China’s Relationship with the United States, and Gravity Shift: How Asia’s New Economic Powerhouses Will Shape the 21st Century was a finalist for the National Business Book Award in 2010 while the Mandarin translation, Ya Zhou Xin Shi Li,  was awarded the Annual Award for the Best Book in Finance and Economics by China’s well known and influential website Other recent publications include The Future of Canada’s Relationship with China, co-author Paul Evans; Financial Development in Asia: Work in Progress with Edward K. Y. Chen, Eds.; Human Capital Formation and Economic Growth in Asia and the Pacific (editor); Chinese SOEs and Canada’s FDI Policy Canada; and China and Rising Asia: A Strategic Proposal.

  • Dobson, Wendy. (2017). China's State-Owned Enterprises and Canada's Foreign Direct Investment Policy. Canadian Public Policy. 43. 1-16. 10.3138/cpp.2017-002. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. (2011). Does Canada Have an India Strategy? Why it Should and What Both Sides Can Gain from Comprehensive Talks. C.D. Howe Institute Backgrounder. 10.2139/ssrn.1903886. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. (2011). Deeper Integration between Canada and India?. Margin: The Journal of Applied Economic Research. 5. 93-115. 10.1177/097380101000500106. 
  • Cao, Yongfu & Dobson, Wendy & Huang, Yiping & Petri, Peter & Plummer, Michael & Soto, Raimundo & Takagi, Shinji. (2010). 1. A Regional Framework for Inclusive, Balanced, Sustained Growth. 10.1355/9789814279772-005. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. (2010). History Matters: China and Global Governance. China's New Role in the World Economy, London. 10.2139/ssrn.1906830. 
  • Cao, Y. & Dobson, Wendy & Huang, Yiping & Petri, Peter & Plummer, Michael & Soto, Raimundo & Takagi, Shinji. (2010). A regional framework for inclusive, balanced, sustained growth. 1-48. 
  • Plummer, Michael & Soto, Raimundo & Cao, Yongfu & Dobson, Wendy & Petri, Peter & Takagi, Shinji & Huang, Yiping. (2010). Inclusive, Balanced, Sustained Growth in the Asia-Pacific. Documentos de Trabajo ( Instituto de Economía PUC ), ISSN 0717-7593, Nº. 370, 2010. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. (2009). Gravity Shift: How Asia's New Economic Powerhouses Will Shape the 21st Century. 10.3138/9781442685734. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. (2009). A Window of Opportunity Opens: Asian and American Views of the International Economic Architecture. Asian Economic Policy Review. 4. 271-287. 10.1111/j.1748-3131.2009.01133.x. 
  • Petri, Peter & Dobson, Wendy & Huang, Yiping & Soesastro, Hadi & Wihardja, Maria. (2009). How the Asia Pacific can drive the global recovery. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. (2008). The Transforming Chinese Economy: Global and Canadian Implications. 
  • Dobson, Wendy & Safarian, A.E.. (2008). The transition from imitation to innovation: An enquiry into China's evolving institutions and firm capabilities. Journal of Asian Economics. 19. 301-311. 10.1016/j.asieco.2008.05.007. 
  • Masson, Paul & Dobson, Wendy & Lafrance, Robert. (2008). China's Integration into the Global Financial System. Bank of Canada Review. 2008. 19-31. 10.2139/ssrn.1313313. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. (2008). Beyond FTAs: Deepening North American Integration. SSRN Electronic Journal. 10.2139/ssrn.1313365. 
  • Dobson, Wendy & Masson, Paul. (2008). Will the Renminbi Become a World Currency?. China Economic Review. 20. 124-135. 10.1016/j.chieco.2008.05.005. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. (2007). Financial Services and International Trade Agreements: The Development Dimension. 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235216.003.0007. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. (2007). Financial Reforms in China and India: A Comparative Anaylsis. SSRN Electronic Journal. 10.2139/ssrn.1313319. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. (2006). The Indian Elephant Shed its Past: The Implications for Canada. SSRN Electronic Journal. 10.2139/ssrn.1313359. 
  • Dobson, Wendy & Golden, Brian. (2006). All eyes on China.. Harvard business review. 84. 40
  • Dobson, Wendy. (2006). China's Economic Transformation: Global and Canadian Implications. International Journal. 61. 299. 10.2307/40204158. 
  • Dobson, Wendy & Kashyap, Anil. (2006). The Contradiction in China's Gradualist Banking Reforms. Brookings Papers on Economic Activity. 74. 10.2139/ssrn.1193362. 
  • Dobson, Wendy & Kashyap, Anil. (2006). The Contradiction in China’s Gradualist Banking Reforms. Rotman Institute for International Business, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Working Papers Series. 2. 10.1353/eca.2007.0004. 
  • Morck, Randall & Tian, Gloria & Yeung, Bernard & Eden, Lorraine & Dobson, Wendy. (2005). Who Owns Whom? Economic Nationalism and Family Controlled Pyramidal Groups in Canada. 10.4337/9781845425579.00015. 
  • Eden, Lorraine & Dobson, Wendy. (2005). Introduction and Overview. 10.4337/9781845425579.00011. 
  • Eden, Lorraine & Dobson, Wendy. (2005). Governance, Multinationals and Growth. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. (2002). Shaping the Future of the North American Economic Space. SSRN Electronic Journal. 10.2139/ssrn.1313369. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. (2002). Review: Miscellaneous: Hanging in ThereHANGING IN THERE The G7 and G8 Summit in Maturity and Renewal BayneNicholasAldershot: Ashgate, 2000, 246pp, ISBN 0-7546-1185-X. International Journal: Canada’s Journal of Global Policy Analysis. 57. 161-162. 10.1177/002070200205700120. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. (2001). Deeper Integration in East Asia: Regional Institutions and the International Economic System. The World Economy. 24. 995-1018. 10.1111/1467-9701.00397. 
  • Dobson, Wendy & Hufbauer, Gary & Cho, Hyun Koo. (2001). World Capital Markets: Challenge to the G-10. 
  • Dobson, Wendy & Bayne, Nicholas. (2001). Hanging in There: The G7 and G8 Summit in Maturity and Renewal. International Journal. 57. 161. 10.2307/40203649. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. (2000). The next round of services negotiations: identifying priorities and options; commentary. Review. 31-52. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. (1995). Summitry and the international monetary system: The past as prologue. Canadian Foreign Policy Journal. 3. 5-13. 10.1080/11926422.1995.9673052. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. (1994). What is NAFTA's significance for APEC?. Journal of Asian Economics. 5. 459-469. 10.1016/S1049-0078(10)80002-8. 
  • Dobson, Wendy & Yuan, Lee. (1994). APEC: Co-operation amidst Diversity. Asean Economic Bulletin. 10. 231-244. 10.1355/AE10-3A. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. (1993). Japan in East Asia: Trading and Investment Strategies. 
  • Diebold, William & Dobson, Wendy. (1991). Economic Policy Coordination: Requiem or Prologue?. Foreign Affairs. 70. 164. 10.2307/20044839. 
  • McMillan, John & Lipsey, Richard & Dobson, Wendy. (1988). Shaping Comparative Advantage. Canadian Public Policy / Analyse de Politiques. 14. 113. 10.2307/3550459. 
  • Wonnacott, R. & Dobson, Wendy. (1988). Canadian-Japanese Economic Relations in a Triangular Perspective. Canadian Public Policy / Analyse de Politiques. 14. 114. 10.2307/3550460. 
  • Carmichael, Edward & Dobson, Wendy & Lipsey, Richard. (1986). The Macdonald Report: Signpost or Shopping Basket?. Canadian Public Policy. 12. 23-39. 10.2307/3551288. 
  • Dobson, Wendy & Jacquet, Pierre. Financial Services Liberalization in the World Trade Organization. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. Further Financial Services Liberalization in the Doha Round?. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. 3 Asia Pacific regional architecture and financial market integration. 
  • Dobson, Wendy & Kashyap, Anil. China's Incomplete Banking Reforms.
  •  Dobson, Wendy. The Impact of the Global Financial Crisis on Regional Economic Integration and the Development of Regional Economic Infrastructure in Northeast Asia. 
  • Dobson, Wendy. Deeper Integration in East Asia: Implications For The International Economic System 1.