George DeMartino

George DeMartino

Professor; Co-Director of Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration (GFTEI) program

What I do

Research Interests: The intersection of ethics and economics; professional economic ethics; political economy theory; globalization; epistemic issues; Teaching interests: international trade; ethics and economics; professional ethics and international affairs; harm in international affairs; great books in political economy

Professional Biography

George DeMartino is a Professor of international economics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies of the University of Denver. He has served on faculty of the School since 1993. Prior to that, he taught at Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA), and Trinity College (Hartford, CT). He earned his BA at Harvard University; an MA in Industrial Relations at Warwick University (Coventry, England); and his PhD in Economics at the University of Massachusetts. Prior to graduate school, Professor DeMartino served as a union organizer and negotiator for AFSCME, AFL-CIO in Connecticut.


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Massachusetts, 1992
  • MA, Comparative Industrial Relations, Warwick University, 1982
  • BA, History and Economics, Harvard University, 1978

Professional Affiliations

  • American Economic Association
  • Association for Social Economics
  • Board of Directors, Association for Integrity and Responsible Leadership in Economics and Associated Professions


I have been working consistently for the past 8 years on creating a new field of study and practice: the field of professional economic ethics. To that end I published The Economist's Oath (2011; OUP); and then co-edited (with Deirdre N. McCloskey) the Oxford Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics. I have published several scholarly articles that relate to the project. I am now at work on the book "The Tragedy of Economics: On harm, economic harm, and the harm economists do as they try to do good." I expect to complete that work in 2020.

Featured Publications

  • The Oxford Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics
  • The Economist’s Oath: On the Need for and Content of Professional Economic Ethics
  • Global Economy, Global Justice: Theoretical Objections and Policy Alternatives to Neoliberalism.


  • . “Ethics Wars: The Empire Strikes Back!”
  • Come Back Marx, All is Forgiven
  • On the moral legitimacy of liberal market capitalism
  • “Should Economists Lie? Paternalistic deceit, central bankers, and the Ben Bernanke problem”
  • De-humanizing communities: the culpability and responsibility of experts


  • Top Professor, Mortar Board Honor Society, University of Denver
  • Most Useful Course, GSIS Graduate Student Government
  • Most Accessible Professor, GSIS Graduate Student Government
  • Chair's Award for Distinguished Teaching, University of Massachusetts