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John McDermott

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Office: 803.777.4939
Fax: 803.777.6876

Professor and Department Chair



John H. McDermott is Chair and Professor in the Economics Department at the Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina.

He has published several articles in the areas of economic growth and development and international monetary theory. His papers “Early Development” and “Industrial Development and the Convergence Question” appeared recently in the American Economic Review. His paper “Development Dynamics: Economic Integration and the Demographic Transition” was in  the Journal of Economic Growth.

He has served as chairman on numerous Ph.D. and M.A. thesis committees. He has taught for several years in the International Master of Business Administration (formerly MIBS) program, earning five Outstanding Professor awards. He has also taught International Monetary Theory and Growth Theory at the Ph.D. level and undergraduate level.  In 1990 he taught for a semester at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He spent six months at the Universidade do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil on a Fulbright Award. He served on the University Budget Committee, the University Tenure and Promotion Committee, and the Faculty Senate. He was Graduate Director of the Economics Department from 1991-1999.


  • Ph.D., Brown University, 1979
  • M.A., Brown University, 1974
  • B.S., F.S., Georgetown University, 1973