Dave Donaldson
Born (1978-06-04) June 4, 1978 (age 42)
FieldInternational trade
Economic Development
Economic History
Environmental Economics
Alma materLondon School of Economics
Tim Besley
Robin Burgess
AwardsJohn Bates Clark Medal (2017)
Fellow BREAD

Dave Donaldson (born 4 June 1978) is a Canadian economist and a professor of economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[1] He was awarded the 2017 John Bates Clark Medal and elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020.[2][3][4]

Academic career

Donaldson received a Masters in Physics from University of Oxford (Trinity College) in 2001, and a Diploma in 2002, an M.Sc. in 2003 and a Ph.D. in 2009, all in Economics from London School of Economics. His research explores welfare and economic growth effects of market integration; broad impacts of reduced intra-national trade barriers; and how climate-change-effects-on-humans, as well as food security and famine risks may each be mediated by trade and specialization.

He serves as a co-editor of Econometrica from 2019 to 2023.[5]

Selected publications


  1. ^ "MIT Economics : Dave Donaldson". economics.mit.edu.
  2. ^ Appelbaum, Binyamin (14 April 2017). "David Donaldson, Economist Who Studies Trade Benefits, Wins Clark Medal". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "A trade economist wins the John Bates Clark medal". The Economist. 2017-04-20.
  4. ^ "Dave Donaldson". American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 2021-01-07.
  5. ^ "Editorial Board | The Econometric Society". www.econometricsociety.org. Retrieved 2021-04-12.