George DeMartino

George DeMartino

Professor; Co-Director of Global Economic Affairs

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 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.

Areas of Research

I do 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. (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. (2017). Come Back Marx, All is Forgiven. Univ of Colorado--Colorado Springs.
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. (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., Stalnick, S., & Welch, S. (2019). De-humanizing communities: the culpability and responsibility of experts. Annual meetings of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium. Denver.


  • 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