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date: 18 January 2020

(p. ix) Acknowledgments

(p. ix) Acknowledgments

The conceptualization of the Pacific Rim as an economic entity has emerged only in the past few decades, but the importance of this way of looking at the world will only increase. Therefore, we think this volume has great potential significance, and that underlies our acknowledgment of the hard work of many people who together made this possible. The scope and sweep of the Pacific Rim as a region made the project a long and challenging one, as we sought to cover a wide range of important issues and include diverse perspectives from a range of influential scholars.

We wish to first thank the consulting editors of the Oxford Handbook series, Michael Szenberg and Lall Ramrattan, as well as OUP Executive Editor Terry Vaughn, for the opportunity to undertake this important project. We are grateful to Catherine Rae, formerly of OUP, for her initial help, and most of all we are indebted to Cathryn Vaulman for stepping in and helping us bring this effort to fruition with great patience and care. We also wish to acknowledge the project manager of the production team, Bharathy Surya Prakash, as well as her team members, for their patient work on getting the volume into its final form.

Inderjit Kaur would like to acknowledge the rich intellectual environment of the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim, where she held a Research Fellowship of the Kiriyama Chair for Pacific Rim Studies. In particular, she is indebted to the then-Executive Director of the Center, Barbara Bundy, for many valuable conversations. She also acknowledges the consistent support of the Center’s Associate Director at the time, Ken Kopp, and of the Kiriyama Chair for Pacific Rim Studies.

Nirvikar Singh would like to acknowledge his former and current colleagues at UC Santa Cruz, some of whom have contributed to this volume, for many interactions that have expanded his understanding of the economics of the Pacific Rim, and the global economy more generally: Joshua Aizenman, Yin-Wong Cheung, Menzie Chinn, Michael Dooley, K.C. Fung, Michael Hutchison and Phillip McCalman. Michael Hutchison, in particular, has been a valued collaborator on a range of projects, and he, Menzie and K.C. joined Nirvikar in founding the Santa Cruz Center for International Economics, which became an important intellectual hub for work on the global economy, including much on the Pacific Rim. Nirvikar would also like to acknowledge learning from many collaborators on various past Pacific Rim research projects: K. P. Kalirajan, Terrie Carolan, Gaofeng Han, Jesse Mora, Cyrus Talati and Hung Trieu. Much of that collaborative work was funded by the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program, and their support is gratefully acknowledged as well.

(p. x) Most of all we would like to acknowledge and thank the authors who contributed to this volume. They have produced an outstanding set of pieces, which we think will be influential in guiding future thinking about the economics of the Pacific Rim. It has been a pleasure to work with them on this project, and we cannot thank them enough for their participation, cooperation and wonderful hard work. We believe that work will have a lasting impact.