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Robert C. Marshall

Head, Department of Economics &

Distinguished Professor

Joined the faculty in 1995

Ph.D., 1983,

University of California, San Diego

613 Kern Graduate Building

Phone: (814) 865-0030

Fax: (814 ) 865-0013


Office Hours: by appointment only


Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest:

  • Auctions and Procurements
  • Collusion
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Game Theory


Dr. Robert Marshall was recently honored with the prestigious 10th Annual Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Writing Award.


Selected Publications:

Book Published

The Economics of Collusion: Cartels and Bidding Rings (with Leslie M. Marx), The MIT Press, 2012.

Errata for 1st edition printing

Book Reviews:

William E. Kovacic, Professor of Law at The George Washington University - review and Dr. Kovacic's review in The Antitrust Source, December 2012 - review

Caron Beaton-Wells, Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School - review

John J. Siegfried of Vanderbilt University and University of Adelaide, review in The Journal of Economic Literature, Vol. L, December 2012 - review

John Asker, The Economics of Collusion: Cartels and Bidding Rings, Robert C. MARSHALL et Leslie M. MARX, Concurrences N° 2-2013, art. N° 52089, p. 224- review

Don Klawiter, Competition Law International, April 2013, Vol 9. No. 1 - review

John Asker, The Economics of Collusion: Cartels and Bidding Rings, Robert C. MARSHALL et Leslie M. MARX, Concurrences N° 2-2013, art. N° 52089, p. 224- review

Link for excerpt from book published in the August/September edition of The European Financial Review.



Selected Papers

Plus Factors and Agreement in Antitrust Law”, (with William E. Kovacic, Leslie M. Marx, and Halbert L. White), 2011, Michigan Law Review, vol. 110 No. 3. P. 393-436. Recipient of the tenth annual Jerry S. Cohen Memorial Fund Writing Award, to be presented at the thirteenth annual conference of the American Antitrust Institute at the National Press Club on June 21, 2012. Photo from the 13th Annual Conference held June 21, 2012.

Lessons for Competition Policy from the Vitamins Cartel”, 2007, (with William Kovacic, Leslie M. Marx, and Matthew E. Raiff.), The Political Economy of Antitrust, edited by Vivek Ghosal and Johan Stennek, Elsevier, Chapter 6.

Bidder Collusion”, 2007, (with Leslie M. Marx) Journal of Economic Theory, Vol 133, No 1, p. 374-402.

The Impact of Delivery Synergies on Bidding in the Georgia School Milk Market”, 2006, (with Matthew E. Raiff, Jean-Francois Richard, and Steven P. Schulenberg), Topics in Economic Analysis & Policy: Vol. 6: No. 1, Article 5.

“The Measurement of Economic Damages in Antitrust Civil Litigation”, 2006, (with Halbert White [primary author], and Pauline Kennedy), 2006, Economics Committee Newsletter, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law, Spring, p. 17-22.

“Bidding Rings and the Design of Anti-Collusion Measures for Auctions and Procurements” (with William Kovacic, Leslie M. Marx, and Matthew  E. Raiff), 2006, Handbook of Procurement, edited by N. Dimitri, G. Piga and G. Spagnolo, Cambridge University Press, p. 381-411.

 “Coordinated Effects in Merger Review: Quantifying the Payoffs from Collusion”, 2006, (with William E. Kovacic, Leslie M. Marx, Steven P. Schulenberg), forthcoming in International Antitrust Law & Policy: Fordham Corporate Law 2006, ed. B. Hawk. (Juris Publishing), Chapter 13.

"Inefficiency of Collusion at English Auctions," 2005, (with Lopomo, Guiseppe and Leslie M. Marx), forthcoming in Contributions to Theoretical Economics.

"Pattern Bargaining," (with A. Merlo), 2004, International Economic Review, Vol 45, No.1. February, p. 239-255.

"Bidder Collusion and Antitrust Law: Refining the Analysis of Price Fixing to Account for the Special Features of Auction Markets," (with M. J. Meurer), 2004, Antitrust Law Journal,Vol 72, Issue 1, p. 83-118.

"The Economics of Bidder Collusion," (with M.J. Meurer), in Game Theory and Business Applications, K. Chatterjee and W.F. Samuelson (eds.), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell, MA, 2001.

"Strategic Information Generation and Transmissions: The Evolution of Institutions in DoD Operational Testing," (with E. Gaier), 1998, appeared in Statistics, Testing and Defense Acquisition: Background Papers, M. Cohen, J. Rolph and D. Staffey (eds.), National Academy Press.

"Bidder Collusion at Forest Service Timber Auctions," (with L.H. Baldwin and J-F. Richard), Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 105, No. 4, August 1997, p. 657-699.

"Lift-Lining," (with D.A. Graham and J-F. Richard), Advances in Applied Micro-Economics, 6, 1996, p. 15-40.

Research in Progress

  • Empirical Models of Auctions and Procurements