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Elected Fellow of the RSA, London, December 2019.The Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Previous Fellows include Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, Nelson Mandela, David Attenborough, William Hogarth, and Tim Berners-Lee.
My paper wins Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Decision Economics, Ávila, Spain, June 2019."Calibrating Methods for Decision Making Under Uncertainty:" see the overheads I used in my presentation here and the paper itself here.
My 1978 dissertation is reprinted in 2017.My 1978 Stanford dissertation, Non-Renewable Resources and Disequilibrium Macrodynamics is reprinted and published on 23 October 2017 by Routledge (Taylor & Francis), London and New York, as Volume 9 in the Routledge Library Editions: Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. There is a new preface to the book by Nobel Laureate Bob Solow, of MIT, and a new introduction by me, these are also available here.
The Royal Society of New South WalesOn 18 May 2016 I agreed to become the Editor of the Journal & Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, one of the oldest peer-reviewed publications in the Southern Hemisphere, dating from 1862. Here.
On October 5, 2022, the Royal Society comemorated the life and work of the late Geoff Harcourt with a semminar, The Global Economy and Australia's Outlook, at the State Library of NSW. I MC'd the event, with the two guests (and past students of Geoff's), Don Russell (AustralianSuper) and Jane Drake-Brockman (University of Adelaide). Watch it Here.
I have indexed all printed contributions to the Royal Society (and its predecessor, The Philosophical Society of New South Wales) since 1822: Here. or Here.
A Timeline of the Global Financial CrisisAs a record of what was happening when, I have put together a 74-page timeline of the Global Financial Crisis (from 1720 to 2016), which has been published in the Journal & Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales: Analysis || 43-page Timeline. An updated version is available Here.
Note: Unlike my namesake, I am a firm believer in Darwinian evolution: the evidence is overwhelming.
ResearchMy recent research has involved the application of economic theory to several social issues which are increasingly important: the use of illicit drugs, the environmental impacts of energy use, and strategic behaviour in markets with small numbers of sellers, using game theory and economics to model learning and adaptive behaviour in oligopolies. As well, I have included a short piece on my recent research accomplishments.
- A recent Curriculum Vitæ.
- My Google Citations page here. (My h-index = 21, my i10-index = 30, my i150-index = 4, i.e. 4 papers with more than 150 cites each)
- My successful case for promotion to full professor discusses my research philosophy and publications, as well as my teaching and service achievements as of 2001. An update of September 11, 2001.
- Some recent publications , including downloads of recent papers.
- I have collected my 33 papers on the applications of game theory, with links to PDFs, here.
- I have collected my 28 papers on energy and environmental policy, with links to PDFs here.
- I have collected my 21 papers on drug policy, with links to PDFs, here.
- I have collected my 40 miscellaneous papers and reviews, with links to PDFs, here.
- I have collected my 26 editorials as the General Editor of The Australian Journal of Management (1997-2010), with links here.
- I have collected 9 of my consulting reports, with some links to PDFs, here. Others remain private.
- I have chosen 16 major publications from the above -- here.
- Some recent working papers .
- Some research links .
TeachingA short statement of recent teaching acomplishments.
Subject outlines are in Adobe's Portable Document Format. In order to read them you will need the Acrobat Reader and also to have set up your browser so that it recognises the PDF files as requiring Acrobat for viewing and printing.
- Mngt 0306 Strategic Game Theory for Managers, Term 3, 2009
- Mngt 0783 Simulation in the Social Sciences, 2009 (PhD Elective )
- Mngt 5192 Business Ethics, 2009.
- Mngt 5200 Core Economics -- 4 lectures, Term 1, 2008
- Foundations of Management, Term 1, 2008 -- Ethics
- MNGT0306 Strategic Game Theory for Managers, Term 1, 2008
- MNGT5192 Business Ethics, 2008
- Strat Man 1 -- Business Continuity Planning, 2006
- PhD Elective on Simulation in the Social Sciences, 2006
- IP on Business Ethics, with Damian Grace, 2006
- MNGT5302 Economic Investment Appraisal, 2006
The Fourth Herbert Simon Lectures at the Artificial Intelligence Economics Research Center, Department of Economics, National Chengchi University, Taipei, and the National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Taiwan, October 23-28. Here.
- IP on the Sydney Symphony, with Bob Wood and others, 2005
- IP on Business Ethics, with Damian Grace, 2005
- PhD Elective on Simulation in the Social Sciences, 2005
- Mngt 5200 Core Economics, with Chris Adam, 2004
- IP on the Sydney Symphony, with Bob Wood and others, 2004
- MNGT5302 Economic Investment Appraisal, 2004
- Thinking Strategically, 2004
- PhD Elective on Simulation in the Social Sciences, 2004
- Strat Man 1 -- Rivalry, 2004
- IP on Business Ethics, with Damian Grace, 2004
The AGSM Magazine
- MFP Strategic and Economic Thinking, 2000
- MNGT0260 Microeconomic Analysis, 1997, 2000
- MNGT0204 Macroeconomics for Managers, 1994
- MNGT0304 Management, Environment, and Resource Markets
- MNGT0564 Systems, Strategy, and Sustainability, 2000
- EST Lecture 5 -- Macroeconomics
- Economics for Competition Lawyers, 1997
- Thinking Strategically -- 2001 Brochure
- Managerial Decision Making -- 2001 Brochure
Managerial Decision Making, 2001
- AGSM 713 Management in Society -- Overview 1982
The AGSM Magazine was published from 2001 to 2006, until the AGSM was dissolved by the then Vice Chancellor, Professor Fred Hilmer.
The early issues of the Magazine were distributed in hard copy, as well as PDF files, but the later issues were only in soft copy.
Unfortunately, when the Frank Lowy Library computers were permanently turned off at the end of 2007, all soft copies of the AGSM Magazine went off-line, and so became unobtainable.
Using the Internet Archive, and with the help of friends and colleagues, I have been able to retrieve all lost copies.
Go to the AGSM Magazine page Here.
Other Teaching Links
- Some interesting teaching links
- Here is a collection of some unusual thoughts on teaching.
Odds & Ends
- Joan Robinson's 1974 Stanford lectures: over three hours of tapes.
- The Economist's list of some common solecisms.
- Olin Shivers' advice on writing one's dissertation.
- Collected advice on research and writing.
- Some sed and troff scripts I've written.
Sed is the Unix streaming editor, and troff is the Unix text formatter.
- Clive James remembers Peter Cook, 1995.
- The late Robert Hughes accepts an honorary doctorate, 1995.
- I remember Douglas Adams.
- A web page devoted to my final year Civil Engineering class at Melbourne University in 1967, and its annual reunion dinner ever since.
- Recordings of singing at Scotch College, Melbourne, 1957-1964.
- Recordings of 24 lectures on W. B. Yeats given by Donald Davie at Stanford in early 1975.
My loving wife, Hazel Church, died on September 14, 1998, after a prolonged battle with advanced breast cancer. Here are some commemorative pages in Hazel's memory.
After a long bout with Alzheimer's, my mother, Joan Sarah Deakin Marks, died peacefully at 8:20 pm on Sunday, 2nd of March 2003, with her family at her side. The funeral was held four days later. see the web page here.
In 2006 Robert's sixtieth party at the Mountain House here. His sixtieth party at Sorrento here.
In 1958, Robert wrote a school project on the Middle East, here.
In 1967, Robert was the Chairman of the Ormond College Students' Club Play Subcommitte. Together with University Women's College, they performed Oscar Wilde's "Lady Windermere's Fan," in July. Here.
On 10 March 1969, Dave Weigall recorded the Sometime Singers at his house in Malvern, Melboure, Here.
- In 1962 Robert catalogued the library of his grandfather, Ernest N. Marks. See here for the digitised catalogue of 465 books.
- Read a 1940 review by ENM of The Jewish Contribution to Civilization by Cecil Roth, 1940, here.
- In 1954 ENM retired after over forty years as General Manager of Julius Kayser (Australia) Pty. Ltd. Listen to a rare, early recording of speeches at his farewell dinner, including an account by him (Part 2, from 6:30 mins) of the evolution of lingerie over forty years in Australia, from 1912 to 1953: (These were issued on very early 10-inch LPs.)
Part 1 Listen || Part 2 Listen || Part 3 Listen || Part 4 Listen
- A short history of Marks & Saulwick and Kayser in Australia, written by ENM in 1956 Here.
- Five tapes that ENM made in 1970/71 at my request to remember his life and that of his father and grandfather (arrived in Melbourne from Liverpool in 1851):
Part 1 Listen || Part 2 Listen
Part 3 Listen || Part 4 Listen
April 1971 (his last tape to me; he died a month later, aged 82):
Part 5 Listen
The history of the Marks family
- An obituary of my grandfather's grandfather, Mark Marks (1815-1888), here.
- A longer piece about Mark Marks, his family, and the bushrangers, here.
- Mark's sister, Esther (1820-1890), her family and the flight to America, here.
- John Monash, his wife, and lover, here.
- A Jew helps a German Gentile come to Australia before the war, here.
- A six-minute video of my speech at the Marks family reunion at St Leonards School, Melbourne, in October 1988. here. Transcript of the speech here.
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Last amended on 16 September, 2010.