Dani Rodrik

Dani Rodrik
Dani Rodrik
Born (1957-08-14) August 14, 1957
Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Institution Institute for Advanced Study
Field International economics, economic development, political economy
Alma mater Princeton University (PhD, MPA)
Harvard University (AB)
Avinash Dixit[1]
Awards Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought (2002)
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Dani Rodrik (born August 14, 1957) is a Turkish economist and Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was formerly the Albert O. Hirschman Professor of the Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He has published widely in the areas of international economics, economic development, and political economy. The question of what constitutes good economic policy and why some governments are more successful than others at adopting it, is at the center of his research. His works include Economic Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science and The Globalization Paradox: Democracy and the Future of the World Economy. He is also joint editor-in-chief of the academic journal Global Policy.[2]


Descended from a family of Sephardic Jews,[3] he is affiliated with the National Bureau of Economic Research, Centre for Economic Policy Research (London), Center for Global Development, Institute for International Economics, and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is co-editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics. He has been the recipient of research grants from the Carnegie Corporation, Ford Foundation, and Rockefeller Foundation. Among other honors, he was presented the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2002 from the Global Development and Environment Institute.

After graduating from Robert College in Istanbul,[4] he earned an A.B. (summa cum laude) from Harvard College. He then earned a Ph.D. in economics, with a thesis titled Studies on the Welfare Theory of Trade and Exchange-rate Policy, and an MPA from Princeton University.

He had also been writing for the now defunct Turkish daily Radikal 2009-2016.

He joined the newly created World Economics Association as a member of the executive committee in 2011.

He is married to Pınar Doğan, a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School[5], She is the daughter of Turkish retired General Çetin Doğan who was acquitted of an aggravated life imprisonment for his alleged involvement in the alleged Sledgehammer coup plan.


His 1997 book Has Globalization Gone Too Far? was called “one of the most important economics books of the decade” in Bloomberg Businessweek.

In his article, he focused on three tensions between the global market and social stability. Pointing out that the so-called "globalization" has a dilemma of promoting international equality while exposing fault lines between the nation states with the skills and capitals to succeed in global markets and those without that advantage, he sees the free market system as a threat to social stability and deeply domestic norms.[6] According to his analysis, there are three categories of reasons on why these tensions arise.

First, the tension is caused via globalization because reduced barriers to trade and foreign direct investments draw a vivid line between nations and groups that can take advantage of such cross-border relations and those who cannot. Rodrik refers to the first category of groups as highly skilled workers, professionals and those who are free to take their resources where they are most in demand. The second category would include unskilled workers and semiskilled workers, who, under globalization, becomes more elastic and easily substitutive.

The second source for tension comes because globalization engenders conflicts within and between nations over domestic norms and social institutions. Technology and culture are being more standardized around the world, and different nations with different norms and values tend to show repulsion toward such collective norms diffused internationally in a standardized form.

Lastly, the third threat of globalization arises because it has made it extremely difficult for national governments to provide social insurance.

He is also a regular contributor to Project Syndicate since 1998.

Selected publications

  • Rodrik, Dani (2017). Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane Economy. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691177847. 
  • Rodrik, Dani (2015). Economics Rules: The Rights and Wrongs of the Dismal Science. Norton & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-393-24641-4. 
  • Rodrik, Dani (2011). The Globalization Paradox. Norton & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-393-07161-0. 
  • Rodrik, Dani (2007). One Economics, Many Recipes. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-12951-7. 
  • McMillan, Margaret; Horn, Karen; Rodrik, Dani (2004). "When Economic Reform Goes Wrong: Cashews in Mozambique". Brookings Trade Forum 2003: 97–165. 
  • Rodrik, Dani (ed) (2003). In Search of Prosperity: Analytic Narratives on Economic Growth. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-09268-0. 
  • Rodrik, Dani (2001). "The Global Governance of Trade As If Development Really Mattered" (PDF). UNDP. 
  • Rodrik, Dani (1999). The New Global Economy and Developing Countries: Making Openness Work. Overseas Development Council. ISBN 1-56517-027-X. 
  • Rodrik, Dani (1997). Has Globalization Gone Too Far?. Institute for International Economics. ISBN 0-88132-241-5. 


  1. "A Conversation with Dani Rodrik". Medium.com.
  2. Staff writer. "Editorial Board". onlinelibrary.wiley.com. Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  3. NY Times Article
  4. Turkishtime Article (in Turkish) Archived 2007-07-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. Rodrik, Dani (1999). The New Global Economy and Developing Countries: Making Openness Work. Overseas Development Council. ISBN 1-56517-027-X.
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