Douglas A. Irwin

Academic Appointments
  • Co-Director of Political Economy Project

  • John French Professor in Economics

My research focuses primarily on U.S. trade policy, past and present, as well as the Great Depression. My book Trade Policy Disaster: Lessons from the 1930s examines both the impact of protectionist trade policies enacted 80 years ago and what we can learn from the mistakes of that era. The book is based on the Ohlin Lectures I gave at the Stockholm School of Economics in 2010.


Silsby, Room 309
HB 6106


  • B.A. University of New Hampshire (1984)
  • Ph.D. Columbia University (1988)

Works In Progress

  • trade and macroeconomic policy during the Great Depression

  • The history of U.S. trade policy