Kent Jones

Professor at Babson Olin Graduate School of Business


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Babson Olin Graduate School of Business

Academic Division: EconomicsDr. Jones began his career at Babson College in 1982, and is now Professor of Economics and a Babson Research Scholar. He has also served as a Visiting Professor at Brandeis University, Tufts/Fletcher School, and the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He specializes in trade policy and institutional issues, particularly those focusing on the World Trade Organization. Most recently, his research has dealt with the evolution of regional trade agreements and trade policies of countries such as the UK (Brexit) and Cuba. Dr. Jones began his international education at the Bundesrealgymnasium Leibnitz, Austria, as a foreign exchange student. He later graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College, having also studied at the University of Bonn, Germany as an International Rotary Scholar. In addition, he holds master''s degrees from the Fletcher School/Tufts University and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and received his doctorate in international economics from the University of Geneva in 1981. In addition to his academic career, Dr. Jones has served as a consultant to the National Science Foundation and the International Labor Office and as a research associate at the U.S. International Trade Commission, and also served as senior economist for trade policy at the U.S. Department of State. Dr. Jones is the author of numerous articles and five books, including Politics vs. Economics in World Steel Trade (1986), Export Restraint and the New Protectionism (1994), Who’s Afraid of the WTO? (2004), The Doha Blues (2009) and most recently, Reconstructing the WTO for the 21st Century (2015). He is the father of two daughters and pursues extracurricular interests in music, choral singing, literature and travel.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Graduate Institute of International Studies/University of Geneva
  • MA, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy/Tufts University
  • Diplôme de hautes études internationales, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva
  • BA, Oberlin College

Academic Interests

International Economics; Trade Policy; World Trade Organization; International Trade Law; Protectionism; Trade Policy; Global Trade and Economic Institutions


Awards & Honors

2016 - Babson College Research Fellow (renewal), 2016-2019, Babson College

2015 - Babson Faculty Research Award, Babson College

2013 - Babson College Research Fellow, 2013-2016, Babson College

2010 - Best Paper Award (with Yunwei Gai), Association for Global Business

2008 - Kevern Joyce Term Chair, 2008-2013, Kevern Joyce Term Chair Research Grant, Babson College

2002 - Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

2001 - Who’s Who in America

1992 - Robert E. Madden Term Chair, 1992-1997, Robert E. Madden, Term Chair grant

1990 - Named to Who''s Who Regional/Business Series and Who''s Who in the World

1979 - Graduate Institute Scholarship (Geneva), Geneva

1977 - MacJannet Fellowship (Graduate Institute, Geneva), Graduate Institute, Geneva

1976 - Cabot Corporation Fellowship , Fletcher School/Tufts University

1975 - Phi Beta Kappa

1974 - Rotary International Scholarship, University of Bonn

1971 - American Field Service Scholarship, Bundesgymnasium Leibnitz, Austria

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