John Cavanagh


John Cavanagh

John Cavanagh has led the Institute for Policy Studies as its director since 1998 after directing its Global Economy Project for 14 years. In 2015, he will help shape the New Economy Maryland fellowship curriculum.

Before joining the Institute’s staff in 1983, he worked as an international economist for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the World Health Organization. He is the co-author of 10 books and numerous articles on the global economy, including Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match (2008, Paradigm Publishers), written with Robin Broad. John earned a BA from Dartmouth College and a MA from Princeton University.


U.S. Leadership in the Global Economy

The twenty-first century requires new paths that encourage exchanges of goods, capital, and people that enhance the social and environmental common good and that discourage or stop those exchanges that undermine healthy communities, a clean environment, and dignified work.

North American Free Trade Agreement

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) sets guidelines for the elimination of most trade and investment barriers between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico over a 15-year period.