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Dr. Malcolm Robinson
Professor and Chairperson of Economics

Phone: 859-344-3682
Fax: 859-344-3345
Office Location: 3331, Administration Building

"It is fair to say that Malcolm Robinson is the only exception to the finding that economists who are active in signing petitions lean heavily one way or the other."
Economist's Petitions: Ideology revealed
David Hedengren, Daniel B. Klein, and Carrie Milton
Econ Journal Watch -Volume 7, Number 3
September 2010, pp 288-319

Dr. Robinson graduated from Rutgers College in 1981 with a B.A. in Economics and received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1992. He was honored as Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year in 2007 and an "Outstanding Educator" in Cincinnati in 2012. He entered graduate school believing that Economics is a problem sovling, policy oriented social science and that globalization has made social policy making more difficult. In order to write his dissertation on policy making in a global setting, he taught himself a branch of Mathematics called Game Theory (Game Theory deals with how choices are made when my choice matters to you and your choice matters to me). His primary teaching and research interests include macroeconomic theory and policy and international monetary economics. However, he has also introduced courses on Game Theory, Economic Forecasting and Strategy, International Economics, Environmental Economics, Law and Economics, Health Care Economics, Money and Banking and Advanced Microeconomic Theory to the Economics curriculum. Malcolm wishes he could spend more time with his twin sons who still manage to sneak into his comparative advantage and prisoner's dilemma class room examples.

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As quoted in 101 Economists and Historians Sign The Daily Beast Manifesto (2010): "The Obama administration seems to be afraid to use the words "mass unemployment" to describe our current state of affairs. I am not afraid to speak up for the jobless. The administration is also unwilling to admit that it underestimated the depths of the recession caused by a collapse in demand and a freezing up of financial markets. Although it was wise to spread the impact of the first stimulus out over multiple years, it seems painfully obvious that the ARRA was too small. The deteriorating fiscal position of the states has further weakened the recovery. To preach austerity today to solve our budget problems in the long run is like suggesting we should amputate a foot because thirty years from now the patient will suffer a heart attack unless she changes her diet and exercises. I support a second stimulus because it is the correct and moral response to our lingering mass unemployment." (Read full article here.)


B.A., Rutgers College, New Brunswick, NJ (1981)
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (1992)