Dave Donaldson

Dave Donaldson

Class of 1949 Professor of Economics

Research Fields

Development Economics, Environmental Economics, International Economics

Contact Information

Office Phone 617-258-6242
Email Address ddonald@mit.edu
Office E52-552
Assistant Name Noah Siderhurst


Dave Donaldson teaches and carries out research on trade, both international and intranational, with applications in the fields of International Economics, Development Economics, Economic History, Environmental Economics, Urban Economics, and Agricultural Economics. He has studied, among other topics: the welfare and inequality effects of market integration, the impact of improvements in transportation infrastructure, and how trade can mitigate and exacerbate the effects of climate change. This work was awarded the 2017 John Bates Clark Medal, given by the American Economic Association to the US-based economist “under the age of forty who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge”, as well as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and several grants from the National Science Foundation. He currently serves as a co-editor at Econometrica and previously at American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A native of Toronto, Canada, Donaldson obtained an undergraduate degree in Physics from Oxford University and a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Featured Awards & Honors

John Bates Clark Medal
Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
TW Schultz Award, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association
Fellow, Econometric Society
Sloan Research Fellowship