Peter Morici

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Peter Morici
Born (1948-12-09) December 9, 1948 (age 70)
InstitutionUniversity of Maryland
Alma materState University of New York at Albany (PhD) (1974)

Peter George Morici, Jr. (born December 9, 1948)[1] is an American economist and Professor Emeritus (retired) of International Business at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a graduate of SUNY Albany in New York State where he received his Ph.D in Economics in 1974.[2][3][4] He is a nationally syndicated columnist, with his articles appearing in publications such as The Washington Times, The Hill,, and Newsmax. Morici has appeared as a guest on Newsmax TV and Fox News Channel.[5][6]


From 1974 to 1976, Morici taught at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. In 1976, he joined the Federal Energy Administration. In 1978 he moved to the National Planning Association in Washington where he was elected a Vice President in 1983. He joined the University of Maine as a Professor of Economics in 1988 and was Director of its Canadian-American Center from 1990 to 1993. He also served as chief economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Morici is the author of 18 books. He is currently a senior contributor for[7] and also writes articles for[8]

Morici made headlines in a July 2014 piece in The Hill where he argued that the unemployment rate failed to take into account abuses in H-1B immigration visas and students who would be in the workforce but they were "duped" into enrolling in "useless programs" due to the prevalence of financial aid. Taking those circumstances into account, the real unemployment rate was 18%.[9] This figure was quoted by Donald Trump in a speech on June 16, 2015, where Trump announced he was running for president. then ran a piece on Morici's methodology bringing him into the limelight once again. He now believes the real unemployment rate to be 15%.[10]

Morici again made some controversial headlines in February 2019 when during an interview on Fox News Channel he criticized Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stating “You know, there’s ignorance, there’s willful ignorance, and then there’s willful and malicious ignorance — that is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” he said. “The left is just using global warming, climate change, the environment as a stalking horse for socialism. They can’t take away all your money and accomplish this, but they will. That’s what this is about. She’s a demagogue.” Morici then continued, raising AOC's ethnicity — ''“Basically what you have in Ocasio-Cortez are Latin American values. Instead of us assimilating them, they are assimilating us. And they want to bring the kind of socialism that destroyed Venezuela, and frankly Mexico, here. You know, it isn’t that we’re going to become Venezuela, but we could easily become Mexico, and you won’t be able to go outside your door without getting shot.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Morici is noted for wearing bow ties.[12]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Reconciling Trade and the Environment in the World Trade Organization
  • Labor Standards in the Global Trading System
  • Antitrust in the Global Trading System: Reconciling U.S., Japanese and EU Approaches
  • Setting U.S. Goals for WTO Negotiations
  • The Trade Deficit: Where Does It Come from and What Does It Do
  • Free Trade in the Americas: An Architecture for Hemispheric Integration
  • Trade Talks with Mexico: A Time for Realism
  • Making Free Trade Work: The Canada-U.S. Agreement
  • Reassessing American Competitiveness


  1. ^ "Peter George Morici, Jr." Who's Who in America, 67th ed. Accessed via LexisNexis June 15, 2013.
  2. ^ "Department of Economics Alumni". University at Albany. 2011-12-29. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  3. ^ "Department of Economics Notable Alumni". University at Albany. 2011-12-29. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  4. ^ Morici, Peter. The Doha Round: No Help for America’s Trade Deficit? (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-09.
  5. ^ "Peter Morici Articles - Political Columnist & Commentator". Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  6. ^ "Peter Morici stories". Fox News. Retrieved 2016-03-03.
  7. ^ "Peter Morici – Articles and Bio – Senior Contributor – TheStreet". TheStreet. Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Peter Morici". Retrieved 22 January 2014.
  9. ^ "Real unemployment rate is at least 18 percent". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Trump Tramples Facts". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  11. ^ "In racist attack on Ocasio-Cortez, Fox Business guest demands she renounce 'Latin American values'". Retrieved 2019-02-05.
  12. ^ "Maryland economist Peter Morici goes from pundit to pitchman in Kyocera ads". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-07-13.

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