Barry D. Wood, based in Washington, is the international economics correspondent for RTHK radio in Hong Kong and contributes to marketwatch.com, USA Today and biznews.com in South Africa. For two decades Barry was the chief economics correspondent at Voice of America. During three years in the 1990s he was the VOA correspondent in Prague, writing extensively about the economic transformation in formerly communist Eastern Europe. He comes from Grand Rapids, Michigan and has B.A. and M.A. degrees in economics from Western Michigan University, with short-term study at Oxford and in Yugoslavia.