Chichele Professor of Economic History - All Souls College, University of Oxford

Kevin O'Rourke

I got my PhD at Harvard in 1989, and have taught at Columbia, University College Dublin, Harvard, Trinity College Dublin and Sciences Po Paris. I am the Research Director of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, Europe’s most influential network of academic economists. I am a fellow of the British Academy and a member of the Royal Irish Academy, and serve inter alia on the Scientific Council of Bruegel, and the Comité scientifique, Autorité de contrôle prudentiel et de resolution, Banque de France.  My research is in the fields of economic history and international economics, and I have written extensively on the history of globalization. I have also been involved in public debate in Ireland and Europe since the crisis began, in particular via the Irish Economy blog ( and In my spare time I serve as a municipal counselor in the beautiful village of St Pierre d’Entremont (Isère).


Selected Publications: 

Globalization and History: The Evolution of a Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Economy, Cambridge Massachusetts, MIT Press (with Jeffrey G. Williamson) (1999).  Translations in Italian, Korean and Spanish.

Power and Plenty: Trade, War, and the World Economy in the Second Millennium, Princeton New Jersey, Princeton University Press, (with Ronald Findlay) (2007). Translations in Chinese and Turkish, translations forthcoming in Arabic, Italian and Korean.

The Cambridge Economic History of Modern Europe, 2 volumes, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press (co-edited with Stephen N. Broadberry) (2010).

Recent articles include:

“From Great Depression to Great Credit Crisis: Similarities, Differences, and Lessons,” Economic Policy 25(62), 219-265 (with Miguel Almunia, Agustín Bénétrix, Barry Eichengreen and Gisela Rua) (2010).

“Political Extremism in the 1920s and 1930s: Do German Lessons Generalize?” Journal of Economic History 73(2), 371-406 (with Alan de Bromhead and Barry Eichengreen) (2013).

“Cross of Euros,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 27(3), 167-92 (with Alan M. Taylor) (2013).





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