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Economist Richard J. Carroll has worked as financial analyst and consultant at the World Bank and other organizations in Washington, D.C., for 17 years. A specialist in the economic analyses of countries undergoing economic, political, and institutional reform, he has an M.A. in economics from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. in finance from the Wharton School of Business and was a Fulbright Scholar in international economics. He is the author of An Economic Record of Presidential Performance from Truman to Bush (1995) and coauthor of Industrial Adjustment in Sub-Saharan Africa (1989).