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Gary Magee is Professor of Economics, Deputy Dean (Research) and Founding Chair of the Monash Business & Sustainability Network. His undergraduate training was undertaken in Melbourne, where he completed a history degree from Monash University in 1986 and then a first-class honours degree in economics from La Trobe University in 1990. At La Trobe he was a D. M. Myer University Medallist. In 1991, he went to the University of Oxford as a Commonwealth Scholar and obtained his doctorate from Nuffield College, Oxford in 1995. He has held academic positions at the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and the University of London and has had visiting fellowships at the University of Oxford; the Russian Academy of Sciences;  the Menzies Research Centre, King's College, London; the University of Stellenbosch; the China Development Institute in Shenzhen; the University of Leeds; The University of Johannesburg; the University of Exeter; and the Center for the History of American Business, Technology and Society in Delaware, USA. He is a former Director of the Asian Economics Centre at the University of Melbourne; Head of the School of Economics and Finance at La Trobe University; and Associate Dean (Graduate) and Founding Director of the Centre for Global Business in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash. He is currently a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Economic History at the Australian National University and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Zululand in South Africa. In 2005, he held an Australian Bicentennial Fellowship from the Menzies Research Centre at the University of London. He has published widely in the fields of economic history, technological change, globalisation and industrial development. In 2018, he was listed as Australia's "Field Leader" in two fields: Economic History and History (The Australian, 26/9/18, pp. 12 & 36, http://specialreports.the australian.com.au/1163512/). In 2001, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in the UK in recognition of his work in economic history.

Research interests

Economic history, theories of long-run economic change, behaviour in authoritarian societies, the economics of innovation and technological change, industrial economics,  international economics and public policy.

Supervision interests

I am particularly interested in supervising research in any area of economic history.

Research area keywords

  • Economic history
  • Economics of innovation and technological change
  • industrial economics
  • international economics
  • public policy
  • theories of long-run economic change
  • behaviour in authoritarian societies

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Research Output 1997 2018

Hitler's judges: ideological commitment and the death penalty in Nazi Germany

Geerling, W., Magee, G., Mishra, V. & Smyth, R., 1 Sep 2018, In : The Economic Journal. 128, 614, p. 2414-2449 36 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

In the aftermath: consumer choice and the deregulation of Australian retail banking, 1988-1993

Taylor, J. & Magee, G., Jul 2017, In : Australian Economic History Review. 57, 2, p. 134-157 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Quantifying Resistance: Political Crime and the People’s Court in Nazi Germany

Geerling, W. & Magee, G., 2017, 1st ed. Singapore Singapore: Springer. 194 p. (Studies in Economic History)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Sentencing, judicial discretion, and political prisoners in pre-war Nazi Germany

Geerling, W., Magee, G. B. & Smyth, R. L., 2016, In : Journal of Interdisciplinary History. 46, 4, p. 517 - 542 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

South Africa in the Australian mirror: Per capita real GDP in the Cape Colony, Natal, Victoria, and New South Wales, 1861–1909

Magee, G. B., Greyling, L. & Verhoef, G., 1 Aug 2016, In : Economic History Review. 69, 3, p. 893-914 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review