Douglas Irwin

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Douglas Irwin
InstitutionDartmouth College, John Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor in the Social Sciences
FieldInternational Economics
Alma materColumbia University
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Douglas Irwin is the John Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor in the Social Sciences in the Economics Department at Dartmouth College and the author of seven books. He is an expert on both past and present U.S. trade policy, especially policy during the Great Depression. He is frequently sought by media outlets such as The Economist and Wall Street Journal to provide comment and his opinion on current events.[1][2][3] He also writes Op-Eds and articles about trade for mainstream media outlets like the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Financial Times.[4][5][6]

Prior to his appointment to as professor at Dartmouth, Irwin was an Associate Professor of Business Economics at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, an economist for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and an economist for the Council of Economic Advisers Executive Office of the President.[7]


Irwin received his Ph.D. in Economics with distinction from Columbia University in 1988.[8] He also received a B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic History, the World Trade Review, the Journal of International Economics, and Essays in Economic & Business History.


At Dartmouth, he is the director of the Political Economy Project.[9] His published research is widely cited[10], and covers both modern trade policy and the history of the trading system.[11]

His books include:

  • Clashing over Commerce: A History of U.S. Trade Policy, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017. ISBN 9780226398969;
  • Free Trade Under Fire, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015. ISBN 9781400866182;
  • Trade Policy Disaster: Lessons from the 1930s, Cambridge, MA: MIP Press, 2012. ISBN 9780262016711;
  • Peddling Protectionism: Smoot-Hawley and the Great Depression, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011. ISBN 9780691150321;
  • Founding choices: American economic policy in the 1790s, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. ISBN 0226384748;
  • The Genesis of the GATT, Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, 2008. ISBN 9780511817953;
  • Against the Tide: An Intellectual History of Free Trade, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998. ISBN 9780691058962;


Irwin has received numerous grants and awards including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Principal Investigator fellowship and a National Science Foundation grant.[12]


Irwin is married to Marjorie Rose, a Dartmouth economics professor and former staff economist at the International Monetary Fund and Council of Economics Advisors.


  1. ^ "Five questions for Douglas Irwin". The Economist. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  2. ^ Irwin, Douglas A. (2014-12-18). "Trade Will Lead to Freedom". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  3. ^ Zarroli, Jim. "As U.S. Flexes Its Muscles On Trade, Other Countries Are Beginning To Push Back". National Public Radio, 8 June 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Subscribe to read". Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  5. ^ "Back to a Gold Standard?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  6. ^ "Douglas A. Irwin". Hoover Institution. Retrieved 2017-06-05.
  7. ^ "Douglas A. Irwin-Professor". Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  8. ^ "Douglas A. Irwin | Department of Economics". Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  9. ^ "Douglas A. Irwin-Professor". Retrieved 2017-06-04.
  10. ^ "citations: Douglas Irwin". Google Scholar. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  11. ^ "research output: Douglas Irwin". RePEc (Research Papers in Economics). Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Irwin CV" (PDF).

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