George DeMartino

George DeMartino

Professor; Co-Director, Global Economic A

  • Faculty

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


Political economy; professional economic ethics; international trade; economic harm

Professional Biography

George DeMartino is a Professor of international economics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies of the University of Denver. He is the co-director of the MA degree in Global Economic Affairs (formerly GFTEI). 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 decade 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" (Chicago University Press; forthcoming).

Areas of Research

I work on the ethical responsibilities facing economists in their research

Featured Publications

DeMartino, G., & McCloskey, D. (Eds.). (2016). The Oxford Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics. New York, NY, USA: Oxford University Press.
DeMartino, G. (2011). The Economist's Oath: On the Need for and Content of Professional Economic Ethics. New York, NY, USA: Oxford University Press.
DeMartino, G. (2000). Global Economy, Global Justice: Theoretical Objections and Policy Alternatives to Neoliberalism. London and New York, NY, UK and USA: Routledge.
DeMartino, G. (2018). Econogenic Harm and the Case for "Economy Harm Profile" Analysis. New Political Economy.
DeMartino, G., & McCloskey, D. N. (2016). Editors' Introduction, Or Why this Handbook?. In G. DeMartino & D. N. McCloskey (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics. Oxford University Press.
DeMartino, G. (2018). Professional Ethics 101: A Reply to Anne Krueger's Review of the Oxford Handbook of Professional Economic Ethics. Econ Journal Watch, 15(1).
DeMartino, G. (2018). Reconstructing Globalization in an Illiberal Era. Ethics and International Affairs.


DeMartino, G. (2012). World Economic Forum, Values in Economics. Panel: The Values Dimension. Davos, Switzerland: World Economic Forum.
DeMartino, G. (2021). Ethical and Responsible Leadership in Economics . Western Economic Association International: On Truth-Telling and Deception in Economics. Online.
DeMartino, G. (2019). The Specter of Irreparable Ignorance: The Confounding Problem of the Counterfactual in Economic Explanation. Annual Meetings of the ASE. Atlanta: Association for Social Economics.
DeMartino, G. (2019). "Should Economists Lie? Paternalistic deceit, central bankers, and the Ben Bernanke problem". The Future of Central Banking. Talloires, France: Review of Political Economy, The international Journal of Political Economy, and Feminist Economics.
DeMartino, G. (2017). . "Ethics Wars: The Empire Strikes Back!" . An Urgency for Evidence and Transparency in Economic Analysis and Policy Conference. St. Catharine's, MO: AIRLEAP.
DeMartino, G., Stalnick, S., & Welch, S. (2019). De-humanizing communities: the culpability and responsibility of experts. Annual meetings of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium. Denver.
DeMartino, G. (2017). On the moral legitimacy of liberal market capitalism. On the moral legitimacy of liberal market capitalism. University of Dayton: University of Dayton.
DeMartino, G. (2015). Achieving Fair Trade through a Social Tariff Regime: A Policy Thought Experiment. Boston: Association for Social Economics.
DeMartino, G. (2016). A Critique of Neoclassical Economics. Middle East Political Economy Summer Institute. George Mason University: Arab Studies Institute.
DeMartino, G. (2017). Come Back Marx, All is Forgiven. Univ of Colorado--Colorado Springs.


  • 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