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RSM Seminar | Professor Douglas Dow

RSM Seminar | Professor Douglas Dow

Presenter: Professor Douglas Dow, Professor, Business Strategy, the Melbourne Business School (MBS)

The Economic Cost of Nationalism


In recent years, there appears to have been a resurgence in terms of the popularity and incidence of nationalism, both in terms of the political debate and discussions in the popular press. However, we find it intriguing that there appears to be relatively little international business research concerning the economic implications of nationalism. This paper takes some tentative steps in filling that gap. Using a recent cross-national survey of attitudes by the International Social Survey Programme, we explore to what extent, via what mechanisms, and under what circumstances does nationalism appear to influence international trade. In particular, we explore whether the impact of nationalism on trade is mediated by tariff levels and/or by membership in free trade agreements, or whether it is a more direct effect. We also explore whether the effects of nationalism on trade are moderated factors such as linguistic differences, religious differences or by past conflicts. While our results are still preliminary, nationalism does appear to have a negative effect on both imports and exports, and it is partially mediated by FTA membership. Differences in tariff levels appear to not be linked to nationalism.


Douglas Dow is a Professor in Business Strategy at the Melbourne Business School (MBS), and has been continuously affiliated with the school since 1992. He has served as the Head of Department from 2013 to 2016 and an Executive Director of the school from 2011 to 2020. In terms of research, Professor Dow has been affiliated with the school’s Centre for the Practice of International Trade. His research primarily explores how cross-national differences in religion, language, culture and education & political systems influence performance and decision making. This research has been published in the Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Journal of International Marketing, Journal of International Management, Global Strategy Journal and Management International Review. In July 2019, Professor Dow received a Silver Medal from the Academy of International Business for his lifetime publication record in the Journal of International Business Studies; and in August 2019, he was awarded the Hans B. Thorelli Award by the American Marketing Association for his article published in the March 2000 issue of the Journal of International Marketing. This latter award annually recognises an article that has made a significant and long-term contribution to international marketing theory or practice. In addition to conducting his own research, Professor Dow is a consulting editor with the Journal of International Business Studies (since 2013), and serves on the Editorial Review Boards of four other academic journals (the Journal of World Business, the Global Strategy Journal, the Australian Journal of Management, and the Review of International Business & Strategy). He is also the current President of the Australia & New Zealand International Business Academy (ANZIBA) - www.anziba.org. 

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