Short bio: Dr. Marlin is an expert on the economies and industry sectors of New York City and other large cities and on corporate sustainability issues. He has authored more than a dozen commercially published books and monographs comparing the economies or governance of large cities. Before starting CityEconomist in February 2006, he served from 1992 to 2006 as Chief Economist and Senior Policy Adviser in the Office of the New York City Comptroller, spanning three New York City Mayors and Comptrollers. He prepared official estimates of the economic impact of both the 1993 and 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. For the past five years he has also taught MBA and MPA students Corporate Social Responsibility as Adjunct Professor of Business Ethics at NYU's Stern School of Business and of Economics and Finance at Pace University. In 2009-2009 he is teaching at the University of Geneva. A graduate of Harvard (A.B. cum laude), Oxford (BA, MA) and George Washington (Ph.D. in economics) Universities, he served as an economist for five years with the Federal Government in Washington. He then became Assistant Professor at Baruch College, City University of New York, and subsequently served as President and CEO of the Council on Municipal Performance and JTM Reports, which together raised about $4 million from government, foundation.and corporate sources. Until 2008 he served as Treasurer ofthe British Schools and Universities Foundation, which has cumulatively raised $40 million, and he is a member of the Board.He is Treasurer of the Devon Yacht Club. He is a past President of the New York Association for Business Economics.
EXECUTIVE AND RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
2006-present – CITYECONOMIST - Principal. Consultant, blogger, web site manager, professor. Clients include Center for International Private Enterprise-Social Accountability International, Economists for Peace and Security-Visions for Humanity, Greenlining Institute, Japanese Consulate-General of New York City, Sallan Foundation.
1992-2006 – OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK CITY COMPTROLLER - Chief Economist (and, in 1994-1997, Senior Policy Adviser) for three successive Comptrollers. Appointed by City Comptroller Liz Holtzman, reappointed by the two successor City Comptrollers, spanning five city administrations. Directed the economic and revenue unit that prepares the City Charter-mandated annual report on the state of the economy, quarterly economic updates and monthly job reports. Responsible for preparation of estimates of the economic and fiscal impact on New York City of events and market developments and responded on behalf of the Comptroller to frequent requests from the media about these subjects.
-The High Cost of Electricity, Housing and Milk. Prepared expert testimony for theComptroller’s Office intervention in electricity rate-regulation and electricity-company merger cases, advocating for the needs of residential and small-businesses customers. Directed research for and wrote studies of the cost of housing and milk (2005).
-Ireland Peace Bond as Incentives for Peace. Directed “Ireland Peace Bond” proposal to aid in economic development of Ireland after a ceasefire.
-The Economic Impact on NYC of Terrorism, Sports, Technology, Weather, Counterfeiting. Directed research for and wrote reports on the impact on the NYC economy of the World Trade Center bombing (1993), the sports economy (1996), the software/IT industry (1999), the 9/11 attacks (2001—received Citation from the National Conference of State Legislatures), snowfall (1994), counterfeiting (2004),
1972-1992 – COUNCIL ON MUNICIPAL PERFORMANCE AND JTM REPORTS, President and CEO. Council on Municipal Performance: Founded and headed nonprofit organization dedicated to analysis of local government performance in the United States. Raised about $2.5 million from Federal (HUD and National Commission on Productivity), foundation (Ford, Lilly, R.W. Johnson) and corporate grants to study comparative local government productivity and the merits of outsourcing government services. Wrote several books on cities and their management, published by Facts on File, Macmillan, Wiley. JTM Reports, Inc.: Headed consulting firm focused on regional and national economic development. Obtained another $1.5 million in grants (e.g. MacArthur Foundation for a study of regional economic adjustment after the end of the Cold War) and book contracts from HarperCollins, Bantam, Westview and MasterMedia. Wrote, and went on book tours for six books. For Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Waterbury, VT, was the first Social Auditor and initiated the first-ever Stakeholder Report, 1989.
1967-1969 – FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION, Washington, DC. Financial Economist, GS-12, 13. Prepared a report on the quality of bank credit and articles on deposit insurance that were published. Left to teach full-time at Baruch College (see below).
1966-1967 – SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, Washington, DC. Financial Economist, GS-11. Prepared a report on the SBIC Program (SBA-assisted venture capital).
1964-1966 – FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD, Washington, DC, Economist, GS-9. Made two presentations to the Board of Governors (under Chairman William McChesney Martin) on South Africa. Contributed to monthly reports to the Board on Japanese money markets.
UNIVERSITY OF GENEVA, Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility – Instructor, 22-Hour (Weekend) Module on Labor Standards, 2008 and scheduled for 2009.
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, Stern School of Business–Adjunct Professor of Business Ethics in the Markets, Ethics and Law Program (2002-2008). Teaches (with Professor Bruce Buchanan) a web-assisted MBA course using cases relating to new challenges for corporate executives seeking to cope with workplace, environmental and other issues relating to corporate responsibility. Wrote an online text for the course.
BARUCH COLLEGE, CUNY, Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance (1969-1973). Taught corporate finance at the undergraduate and graduate (MBA, DBA) level. Chairman, Faculty Committee on Research. Founded The Journal of Financial Education, still published.
THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, Ph.D. in Economics. Awarded distinctions in international finance and money and banking. Dissertation on "Flow of Funds and Economic Development Policies in South Africa." Elected to Omicron Delta Epsilon, the national economics honorary fraternity.
Books include: The Book of American City Rankings, Cities of Opportunity, Building a Peace Economy,Contracting Municipal Services and The Livable Cities Almanac. Founder of the Journal of Financial Educationand editor of the first two issues. Articles (some with co-authors) published in journals such as The Journal of Money Credit and Banking, The Journal of Economic Perspectives, Risk Management, Public Budgeting and Finance, The John Liner Review, American Economic Review and The Journal of Accountancy. New York Times has published four op-eds; others have appeared in Newsday and The Asian Wall Street Journal. He publishes irregularly a general blog as "cityeconomist" and another blog on CSR. Elected to Omicron Delta Epsilon, the national economics fraternity. Scholarship holder every year at Harvard. Article in Public Budgeting and Finance won award as the year’s best article by a practitioner Recipient of Special Award from NYC Comptroller Holtzman. Recipient of 9-11 Special Award from NYC Comptroller Thompson.