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Devashish Mitra


Devashish Mitra is Professor of Economics and Gerald B. and Daphna Cramer Professor of Global Affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. He was the Chair of the Economics Department at Syracuse University from July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2010.

Devashish Mitra is Coeditor of Economics and Politics  (2006-present) and Indian Growth and Development Review (2014-present).  In addition, he is/has been Associate Editor of the European Economic Review  (2012-15), Journal of Development Economics (2010-present), Journal of International Economics (2006-15),  International Journal of Business and Economics (2004-present) and International Review of Economics and Finance (2011-present) and Member of the Editorial Board of the Review of International Economics (2009-present), ISRN Economics (2012-present), Economies (2012-present) and Finance India (2017-present). He is also a member of the trade program of the International Growth Centre, UK based at the LSE and Oxford, a fellow of the CESifo network, a research professor at the Ifo Institute, Munich and a research fellow at the IZA, Bonn.

Devashish Mitra’s research and teaching interests are in International Trade, Political Economy and Development Economics. More specifically, he has worked on the role of politics in general and of interest groups in particular in the determination of trade policy; and on the impact of trade on productivity growth and labor market outcomes. He is currently working on the impact of  trade on employment, unionization and informality, as well as on the economics and politics of populism. His work has been published in well-known journals like the American Economic Review, the Review of Economics & Statistics, the Economic Journal, the Journal of International Economics and the Journal of Development Economics.

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The Paradox of Protectionist Populism

Pushan Dutt, Devashish Mitra

Most Americans support free trade. So what accounts for the protectionist rhetoric of a putatively populist president?