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David Donaldson: Sherlock of Trade

June 8, 2018

MIT’s Dave Donaldson makes no assumptions about trade that are not based on facts. (photo: Porter Gifford Photography)


Studying the market for salt in 19th century India and the effects on trade of a railroad built 150 years ago led economist Dave Donaldson to important new findings that are relevant today. Donaldson was the 2017 John Bates Clark Medalist, awarded for the most significant contributions by an economist under the age of 40. In this podcast, Donaldson talks about his work on trade and how it benefits economic welfare.

A profile of Dave Donaldson, Sherlock of Trade is featured in the June 2018 edition of Finance and Development Magazine.

Dave Donaldson, professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and 2017 John Bates Clark Medalist.