Kevin O'Rourke
Visiting Research Fellow, Economics
Visiting Research Fellow, Sch Office Social Sciences & Philosophy

Biography

Kevin O'Rourke is a Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin, and President of the European Historical Economics Society. He is a co-organiser of the CEPR's Economic History Initiative, which aims to promote a more 'presentist', quantitative and comparative approach to European economic history. He received his PhD from Harvard in 1989, and has taught at Columbia, Harvard, University College Dublin and Sciences Po Paris. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation at the University of Warwick. He has served as an editor of the European Review of Economic History, as an editorial board member of the Journal of Economic History and World Politics, as a member of the Economic Policy panel, as an Associate Editor of Economics Bulletin, and as a trustee of the Cliometric Society. Kevin O'Rourke has written extensively on the history of globalization, and his Globalization and History (co-authored with Jeffrey G. Williamson) won the 1999 American Association of Publishers/PSP Award for the best scholarly book in economics. Power and Plenty: Trade, War and the World Economy in the Second Millennium, co-authored with Ronald Findlay, was recently published by Princeton University Press. Professor O'Rourke's academic work has been mentioned in such international newspapers as The Economist; New York Times; Sunday Times; Publico (Portugal); Der Spiegel; Le Monde; Le Figaro, International Herald Tribune; The New Statesman; Politiken (Denmark); Wall Street Journal; Newsweek; and in the Irish media. Many of the articles are available at http://www.tcd.ie/Economics/staff/orourkek/homepage.htm

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Richard S. Grossman & Ronan C. Lyons & Kevin H. O'Rourke & Madalina A. Ursu, A monthly stock exchange index for Ireland, 1864-1930, European Review of Economic History, 18, (3), 2014, p248 - 276 Journal Article, 2014 DOI

Miguel Almunia, Agustín Bénétrix, Barry Eichengreen, Kevin H. O'Rourke and Gisela Rua, "From Great Depression to Great Credit Crisis: Similarities, Differences, and Lessons.", Economic Policy , 2010 Journal Article, 2010

The End of Free Migration: Lessons for Today in, editor(s)Andrew C. Sobel , The Challenges of Globalization , London, Routledge, 2009, pp58-77 , [Kevin H. O'Rourke] Book Chapter, 2009

Stephen N. Broadberry and Kevin H. O'Rourke, Unifying the European Experience: An Economic History of Modern Europe, 1, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009 Book, 2009

Globalisation, 1870-1914 in, editor(s)Stephen N. Broadberry and Kevin H. O'Rourke , Unifying the European Experience: An Economic History of Modern Europe, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009, [Guillaume Daudin, Matthias Morys and Kevin H. O'Rourke] Book Chapter, 2009

Trade and Empire in, Stephen N. Broadberry and Kevin H. O'Rourke , Unifying the European Experience: An Economic History of Modern Europe, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009, [Kevin H. O'Rourke, Leandro Prados de la Escosura and Guillaume Daudin] Book Chapter, 2009

Kevin H. O'Rourke and Jeffrey G. Williamson, Did Vasco da Gama matter for European markets?, Economic History Review, 62, (3), 2009, p655 - 684 Journal Article, 2009

Kevin H. O'Rourke, War and welfare: Britain, France and the United States 1807-14, Oxford Economic Papers, 59, (Supplement 1), 2007, pi8 - i30 Journal Article, 2007

Ronald Findlay and Kevin H. O'Rourke, Power and Plenty: Trade, War, and the World Economy in the Second Millennium, Princeton and Oxford, Princeton University Press, 2007, 624pp.pp Book, 2007 URL

Kevin H. O'Rourke, Culture, conflict and cooperation: Irish dairying before the Great War, Economic Journal, 117, (October), 2007, p1357 - 1379 Journal Article, 2007

Timothy J. Hatton, Kevin H. O'Rourke and Alan M. Taylor, The New Comparative Economic History: Essays in Honor of Jeffrey G. Williamson, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT Press, 2007, 456pp.pp Book, 2007 URL

Democracy and protectionism in, editor(s)Timothy J. Hatton, Kevin H. O'Rourke and Alan M. Taylor , The New Comparative Economic History: Essays in Honor of Jeffrey G. Williamson, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT Press, 2007, pp193 - 216, [Kevin H. O'Rourke and Alan M. Taylor] Book Chapter, 2007

Kevin H. O'Rourke, "Property Rights, Politics and Innovation: Creamery Diffusion in pre-1914 Ireland, European Review of Economic History, 11, (3), 2007, p395 - 417 Journal Article, 2007

Heckscher-Ohlin Theory and Individual Attitudes Towards Globalization in, editor(s)Ronald Findlay, Rolf G. H. Henriksson, Håkan Lindgren and Mats Lundahl , Eli Heckscher, International Trade, and Economic History, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT Press, 2006, pp107 - 138, [Kevin H. O'Rourke] Book Chapter, 2006 URL

Kevin H. O'Rourke, The worldwide economic impact of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, 1793-1815, Journal of Global History, 1, (1), 2006, p123 - 149 Journal Article, 2006

Kevin H. O'Rourke and Jeffrey G. Williamson, Globalización e historia: La evolución de una economía atlntica del siglo XIX , 1st Spanish, Zaragoza, Prensas Universitarias de Zaragoza, 2006, 430pp.pp Book, 2006 URL

Late 19th Century Denmark in an Irish Mirror: Land Tenure, Homogeneity and the Roots of Danish Success in, editor(s)John L. Campbell, John A. Hall and Ove K. Pedersen , The State of Denmark: Small States, Corporatism and the Varieties of Capitalism, Montreal, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2006, pp159 - 196, [O'Rourke, K. H.] Book Chapter, 2006

Kevin H. O'Rourke and Richard Sinnott, The determinants of individual attitudes towards immigration, European Journal of Political Economy, 22, 2006, p838 - 861 Journal Article, 2006 URL

Kevin H. O'Rourke and Jeffrey G. Williamson, Globalizzazione et storia: L'evoluzione dell'economia atlantica nell'Ottocento , 1st Italian edition, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2005 Book, 2005

Ingrid Henriksen and Kevin H. O'Rourke, Incentives, Technology and the Shift to Year-Round Dairying in Late 19th Century Denmark, Economic History Review , 58, (3), 2005, p520 - 554 Journal Article, 2005

O'Rourke, K. H., Williamson J. G., From Malthus to Ohlin: Trade, Industrialisation and Distribution Since 1500, Journal of Economic Growth, 10, 2005, p5 - 34 Journal Article, 2005

Kevin H. O'Rourke and Richard Sinnott, Flux Migratoires: Économie Politique de la migration et enjeux empiriques, Revue D'Économie du Développement , 12, (3/4), 2004, p45 - 76 Journal Article, 2004

O'Rourke, K. H., Williamson J. G., Once more: When did globalisation begin?, European Review of Economic History, 8, 2004, p109 - 117 Journal Article, 2004

O'Rourke, K. H., Williamson J. G., When did globalization begin?, European Review of Economic History, 6, 2002, p23 - 50 Journal Article, 2002

The Heckscher-Ohlin model between 1400 and 2000: when it explained factor price convergence, when it did not, and why in, editor(s)R. Findlay, L. Jonung and M. Lundahl , Bertil Ohlin: A Centennial Celebration 1899-1999, MIT Press, 2002, pp431 - 461, [O'Rourke, K. H., Williamson J. G.] Book Chapter, 2002

O'Rourke, K. H., Globalization and inequality: historical trends, Aussenwirtschaft, 57, (1), 2002, p65 - 101 Journal Article, 2002

OROURKE, KH, WILLIAMSON, JG, AFTER COLUMBUS: EXPLAINING EUROPE'S OVERSEAS TRADE BOOM, 1500-1800, JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY, 62, 2002, p417 - 456 Journal Article, 2002

Europe and the causes of globalization, 1790-2000 in, editor(s)H. Kierzkowski , From Europeanization of the Globe to the Globalization of Europe, Palgrave, 2002, pp64 - 86, [O'Rourke, K. H.] Book Chapter, 2002

O'Rourke, K. H., Globalization and inequality: historical trends, Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics, 2002, p39 - 67 Journal Article, 2002

Federico G., O'Rourke, K. H., A Social Accounting Matrix for Italy, 1911, Rivista di Storia Economica, XVI, 2000, p3 - 35 Journal Article, 2000

O'Rourke, K. H., Tariffs and growth in the late 19th century, Economic Journal, 110, 2000, p456 - 483 Journal Article, 2000

Kevin H. O'Rourke and Jeffrey G. Williamson, Globalization and History: The Evolution of a Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Economy, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MIT Press, 1999, 355 pp.pp Book, 1999 URL

O'Rourke, K. H., Economic integration and convergence: an historical perspective, Journal of Economic Integration, 14, 1999, p133 - 168 Journal Article, 1999

O'Rourke, K. H., Monetary data and proxy GDP estimates: Ireland 1840-1921, Irish Economic and Social History, 25, 1998, p22 - 51 Journal Article, 1998

OROURKE, KH, MEASURING PROTECTION: A CAUTIONARY TALE, JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS, 53, 1997, p169 - 183 Journal Article, 1997

OROURKE, KH, THE EUROPEAN GRAIN INVASION, 1870-1913, JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY, 57, 1997, p775 - 801 Journal Article, 1997 URL

O'Rourke, K. H., Williamson J. G., Around the European periphery 1870-1913: globalization, schooling and growth, European Review of Economic History, 1, 1997, p153 - 190 Journal Article, 1997

Ó Gráda C., O'Rourke, K. H., Migration as disaster relief: lessons from the Great Irish Famine, European Review of Economic History, 1, 1997, p3 - 25 Journal Article, 1997

O'Rourke, K. H., Taylor A. M.and Williamson J. G., Factor price convergence in the late nineteenth century, International Economic Review, 37, 1996, p499 - 530 Journal Article, 1996

OROURKE, K, EMIGRATION AND LIVING STANDARDS IN IRELAND SINCE THE FAMINE, JOURNAL OF POPULATION ECONOMICS, 8, 1995, p407 - 421 Journal Article, 1995

Williamson J. G., O'Rourke, K. H., Open economy forces and late 19th century Swedish catch-up: a quantitative accounting, Scandinavian Economic History Review, XLIII, 1995, p171 - 203 Journal Article, 1995

O'Rourke, K. H., The costs of international economic disintegration: Ireland in the 1930's, Research in Economic History, 15, 1995, p215 - 259 Journal Article, 1995

OROURKE, K, WILLIAMSON, JG, LATE-19TH-CENTURY ANGLO-AMERICAN FACTOR-PRICE CONVERGENCE - WERE HECKSCHER AND OHLIN RIGHT, JOURNAL OF ECONOMIC HISTORY, 54, 1995, p892 - 916 Journal Article, 1995

Williamson J. G., O'Rourke, K. H., Education, globalization and catch-up: Scandinavia in the Swedish mirror, Scandinavian Economic History Review, XLIII, 1995, p287 - 309 Journal Article, 1995

O'Rourke, K. H., The repeal of the Corn Laws and Irish emigration, Explorations in Economic History, 31, 1994, p120 - 138 Journal Article, 1994

Williamson J. G., O'Rourke, K. H., Late 19th century Anglo-American factor price convergence: were Heckscher and Ohlin right?, Journal of Economic History, 54, 1994, p892 - 916 Journal Article, 1994 URL

Polak, B., O'Rourke, K. H., Property transactions in Ireland, 1708-1988: an introduction, Irish Economic and Social History, XXI, 1994, p58 - 71 Journal Article, 1994

O'Rourke, K. H., Why Ireland emigrated: a positive theory of factor flows, Oxford Economic Papers, 44, 1992, p322 - 340 Journal Article, 1992

O'Rourke, K. H., Commercial policy and the current account: a Mussa-Neary approach, Economic and Social Review, 22, 1991, p157 - 170 Journal Article, 1991

O'Rourke, K. H., Did the great Irish famine matter?, Journal of Economic History, 51, 1991, p1 - 22 Journal Article, 1991 URL

O'Rourke, K. H., Rural depopulation in a small open economy: Ireland 1856-1876, Explorations in Economic History, 28, 1991, p409 - 432 Journal Article, 1991

O'Rourke, K. H., Tariffs and the current account with short-run capital specificity, Economics Letters, 30, 1989, p67 - 70 Journal Article, 1989

Sibylle Lehmann and Kevin H. O'Rourke, "The structure of protection and growth in the late 19th century", Review of Economics and Statistics Journal Article,

David S. Jacks, Kevin H. O'Rourke and Jeffrey G. Williamson, "Commodity Price Volatility and World Market Integration since 1700", Review of Economics and Statistics Journal Article,

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Government policies and the collapse in trade during the Great Depression in, R. Baldwin , The great trade collapse: Causes, consequences and prospects, London, CEPR, 2009, [Kevin H. O'Rourke] Book Chapter, 2009

Kevin H. O'Rourke, "Protectionism and the Great Depression." , BEPA Monthly Brief , 27, 2009, p3 - 7 Journal Article, 2009

Kevin H. O'Rourke, Politics and Trade: Lessons from Past Globalisations, 2009, - Miscellaneous, 2009

Gregory Clark, Kevin H. O'Rourke and Alan M. Taylor, Made in America? The New World, the Old, and the Industrial Revolution, American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 98, (2), 2008, p523 - 528 Journal Article, 2008

"Engage multilateral institutions in solutions to today's problems." in, editor(s)R. Baldwin and S. Evenett , What world leaders should do to halt the spread of protectionism, London , CEPR, 2008, [Kevin H. O'Rourke] Book Chapter, 2008

Economic Globalization, Roland Robertson and Jan Aart Scholte , Encyclopedia of Globalization , Routledge, 2007, pp357 - 363, [Kevin H. O'Rourke] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2007

Kevin H. O'Rourke, The International Trading System, Globalization and History , Edward Elgar, 2005 Book, 2005

Commodity market integration, 1500-2000 in, editor(s)M.D. Bordo, A.M. Taylor and J.G. Williamson , Globalization in Historical Perspective, University of Chicago Press/NBER, 2003, pp13 - 62, [Findlay R., O'Rourke, K. H.] Book Chapter, 2003

Long-distance trade: long-distance trade between 1750 and 1914 in, editor(s)J. Mokyr , Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History, Volume 3, Oxford University Press, 2003, pp365 - 370, [O'Rourke, K. H.] Book Chapter, 2003

Ireland and the bigger picture in, editor(s)David Dickson & Cormac Ó Gráda , Refiguring Ireland, Dublin, Lilliput Press, 2003, pp342 - 355, [O'Rourke, K. H.] Book Chapter, 2003

François Bourguignon, Diane Coyle, Raquel Fernández, Francesco Giavazzi, Dalia Marin, O'Rourke, K. H., Richard Portes, Paul Seabright, Anthony Venables, Thierry Verdier and L. Alan Winters, Making Sense of Globalization: A Guide to the Economic Issues, London, CEPR, 2002, (CEPR Policy Paper No. 8) Report, 2002

What determines attitudes towards protection? Some cross-country evidence in, editor(s)Susan M. Collins and Dani Rodrik , Brookings Trade Forum 2001, Brookings Institute Press, 2001, pp157 - 206, [Sinnott R., O'Rourke, K. H.] Book Chapter, 2001

Globalization in historical perspective in, editor(s)H. Wagner , Globalization and Unemployment, Springer, 2000, pp39 - 53, [O'Rourke, K. H.] Book Chapter, 2000

Much ado about nothing? Italian trade policy in the late 19th century in, editor(s)ª. Pamuk and J.G. Williamson , The Mediterranean Response to Globalization before 1950, Routledge, 2000, pp269 - 296, [Federico G., O'Rourke, K. H.] Book Chapter, 2000

Thom R., O'Rourke, K. H., Irish inflation: appropriate policy responses, Irish Banking Review, 2000, p33 - 47 Journal Article, 2000

Living standards and growth in, editor(s)J. O'Hagan , The Economy of Ireland: Policy and Performance of a European Region, Gill and Macmillan/St Martin's Press, 2000, pp178 - 204, [Ó Gráda C., O'Rourke, K. H.] Book Chapter, 2000

O'Rourke, K. H., British trade policy in the 19th century: a review article, European Journal of Political Economy, 16, 2000, p829 - 842 Journal Article, 2000

Were trade and factor mobility substitutes in history? in, editor(s)Riccardo Faini, Jaime de Melo and Klaus F. Zimmermann , Migration: The Controversies and the Evidence, Cambridge University Press, 1999, pp227 - 262, [Collins W. J., O'Rourke, K. H., Williamson J. G.] Book Chapter, 1999

O'Rourke, K. H., Culture, Malthus, and Irish Demographic History, Journal of Economic History, 58, 1998, p862 - 865 Journal Article, 1998 URL

Williamson J. G., O'Rourke, K. H., Reply to Ljungberg, Scandinavian Economic History Review, XLIV, 1996, p276 - 279 Journal Article, 1996

Irish economic growth, 1945-1988 in, editor(s)N.F.R. Crafts and Gianni Toniolo , Economic Growth in Europe since 1945, Cambridge University Press, 1996, pp388 - 426, [Ó Gráda C., O'Rourke, K. H.] Book Chapter, 1996

Economic growth: performance and explanations in, editor(s)John O'Hagan , The Economy of Ireland: Policy and Performance of a Small European Country, Macmillan Press, 1995, pp198 - 227, [Ó Gráda C., O'Rourke, K. H.] Book Chapter, 1995

O'Rourke, K. H., An economist looks at Catholic social teaching, Doctrine and Life, 45, 1995, p405 - 413 Journal Article, 1995

O'Rourke, K. H., Industrial policy, employment policy and the non-traded sector, Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, XXVII, (II), 1995, p61 - 80 Journal Article, 1995 TARA - Full Text

O'Rourke, K. H., Conscience and the economist, Doctrine and Life, 45, 1995, p347 - 352 Journal Article, 1995

Did labor flow uphill? International migration and wage rates in 20th century Ireland in, editor(s)George Grantham and Mary MacKinnon , Labor Market Evolution: The Economic History of Market Integration, Wage Flexibility and the Employment Relation, Routledge, 1994, pp139 - 160, [O'Rourke, K. H.] Book Chapter, 1994

Mass migration, commodity market integration, and real wage convergence: the late nineteenth century Atlantic economy in, editor(s)Timothy J. Hatton and Jeffrey G. Williamson , International Migration and World Development, Routledge, 1994, pp203 - 220, [O'Rourke, K. H., Williamson J. G. and Hatton T. J.] Book Chapter, 1994

O'Rourke, K. H., Boyer G. R. and Hatton T. J., Emigration and economic growth in Ireland, 1850-1914, International Migration and World Development, 1994, p221 - 239 Journal Article, 1994

OROURKE, K, THE ECONOMIC-IMPACT OF THE FAMINE IN THE SHORT AND LONG-RUN, AMERICAN ECONOMIC REVIEW, 84, 1994, p309 - 313 Journal Article, 1994 URL

O'Rourke, K. H., Burn everything British but their coal: the Anglo-Irish Economic War of the 1930's, Journal of Economic History, 51, 1991, p357 - 366 Journal Article, 1991 URL

The non-traded and service sectors: misconceptions and issues in, editor(s)John O'Hagan , The Economy of Ireland, Irish Management Institute, 1991, [O'Rourke, K. H.] Book Chapter, 1991

Heckscher-Ohlin, John J. McCusker , Encyclopedia of World Trade since 1450 , New York, Macmillan, [Kevin H. O'Rourke] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc,

Factor price equalization: historical trends, Larry Blume and Steven Durlauf , The New Palgrade Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition, 2nd, Palgrave Macmillan, [Kevin H. O'Rourke] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc,

Research Expertise

Description

FIELDS OF INTEREST: Economic History, International Economics. I work on the economic history of globalization, and on the political economy of globalization.

Projects

  • Title
    • Unifying the European Experience: Historical Lessons of Pan-European Development
  • Summary
    • Co-ordinator. The proposal was made on behalf of the Economic History Initiative at the CEPR. The proposal was the only successful economics proposal in this round. The grant is for over €1.7 million. The RTN aims to promote comparative and pan-European economic history, as well as 'presentist' economic history which speaks to today's academic and policy debates.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Union
  • Title
    • TCD PRTLI application to the HEA
  • Summary
    • Co-ordinator. The PRTLI grant was worth €8.8 million.
  • Funding Agency
    • HEA
  • Title
    • Research Training Network Proposal on Trade, Industrialization and Development
  • Summary
    • Team leader.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Union

Keywords

Economic History; Economic history, theory; Globalisation; International economics, finance, trade and development; International Trade

Recognition

Representations

President, European Historical Economics Society, 2009-2011.

Co-organiser, Centre for Economic Policy Research Economic History Initiative (launched 2004). The CEPR is Europe's largest and most influential economics research network. For full details of the Economic History Initiative, see http://www.cepr.org/research/Initiatives/EH.htm. 2004

Editor, European Review of Economic History 2002-2007

Member, International Advisory Board, Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, University of Warwick 2003-present

Panel Member, Economic Policy, 2006-2008.

Trustee, European Historical Economics Society 1996-2007

Editorial Board member, Journal of Economic History 1998-2001

Trustee, Cliometric Society 1998-2001

Associate Editor, Economics Bulletin 2001-present

Organizer, EHES Summer School in Economic History, Dublin 2001

Co-organizer, conference on 'The Political Economy of Globalization: Can the Past Inform the Present?', IIIS, Trinity College Dublin (August 29-31, 2002) 2002

Research Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy Research, London (International Macro, International Trade and Institutions and Economic Policy programmes)

Visiting Professor, International Center for Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School. 2005

Research Associate, National Bureau for Economic Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts (International Trade and Investment Program) 2000 - present

Program committee member, 4th World Congress of Cliometrics, Montreal July 2000

Co-organiser, ESF/CEPR conference on 'The Long Run Growth and Development of the World Economy: Measurement and Theory,' Venice International University (April 28-May 1 2005).

Member, Economic Policy Panel, 2006-2008.

Editorial Board member, World Politics, 2007-2010.

Awards and Honours

2003 IRCHSS Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship 2003-4

Association of American Publishers/PSP Award for best new scholarly book in Economics, (for Globalization and History) 1999

Cole Prize Winner, 1997-98: awarded annually to author of best article published in the Journal of Economic History (for "The European grain invasion, 1870-1913") 1998

Joint winner, International Economic History Congress dissertation competition 1994

Barrington Prize Lecturer, Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland 1994

President's Research Award, UCD 1994

Alfred P. Sloan Dissertation Fellowship, 1988-89 1998

Jens Aubrey Westengaard Scholarship 1988

Whately Prize in Economics, TCD 1984

Annual Silver Medal for Composition, Dublin University Theological Society 1984

Foundation Scholarship, Economics and Mathematics, TCD 1982

Entrance Exhibition, First Class, Ancient and Modern Literature, TCD 1980

2007 IRCHSS Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship 2007

Keynote speaker, 2nd Sound Economic History Workshop, Lund, 23 November. 2007

Keynote speaker, 27th Meeting of the Portuguese Association of Economic and Social History, Lisbon, 16 November. 2007

Memberships

European Historical Economics Society

Economic History Association

Economic History Society

Global Economic History Network

American Economic Association

Centre of Economic Policy Research, London

National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts.