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Ferdinand E. Banks

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

Ferdinand E. Banks

Ferdinand E. Banks, Uppsala University (Sweden), performed his undergraduate studies at Illinois Institute of Technology (electrical engineering) and Roosevelt University (Chicago), graduating with honors in economics. He also attended the University of Maryland and UCLA.  He has the MSc from Stockholm University and the PhD from Uppsala University. He has been  visiting professor at 5 universities in Australia, 2 universities in France, The Czech University (Prague), Stockholm University, Nanyang Technical University in Singapore, and has held energy economics professorships in France, Hongkong, and the Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok). The main portion of his military service was in Japan (infantry)  and Germany (artillery), and he was employed for one year in the engineering department of the U.S. Navy at Great Lakes Naval Training Station (Illinois). He has also been a lecturer in mathematical economics in Dakar (Senegal) and Lisbon (Portugal). He was an econometrician for UNCTAD in Geneva, Switzerland for 3 years, and fellow of the Reserve Bank of Australia when he was visiting professor of mathematical economics at the University of New South Wales (Sydney). He has been a consultant for the Hudson Institute in Paris. He has published 12 books, to include 2 energy economics textbooks and one book on international finance, and more than 200 articles of various lengths.

Latest articles from Ferdinand

  • Shale Gas: A Real or Unreal Revolution

    Published 01 November 2010 | viewed 6,585 times

    Unfortunately, the title that I wanted to give this short discussion was already used by Professor Paul Stevens. His contribution is called ‘The Shale Gas…

  • Not So Nice About Oil

    Published 17 October 2010 | viewed 4,957 times

    Last week I gave a lecture in Paris at the Université de Paris (Dauphine), in which I did my usual best to explain to a…

  • Some Aspects of Iraq and Oil

    Published 25 August 2010 | viewed 11,835 times

    Recently the Swedish Oil and Gas Network  graciously invited me to attend one of their seminars, and perhaps share with guests from abroad some of…

  • Oil Fundamentals and The Oil Future

    Published 16 August 2010 | viewed 10,401 times

    In the next edition of my energy economics textbook, I rehash and augment my interpretation of various controversies having to do with fundamentals’ versus speculation…

  • Completely Wrong About Nuclear Energy

    Published 03 August 2010 | viewed 6,636 times

    When the subject was oil, my students at the Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok) were politely asked to study the situation in the United States.…

  • Happy 50th Anniversary Year OPEC

    Published 18 March 2010 | viewed 6,262 times

    On September 14, 1960 OPEC began operations as an ad-hoc talk-shop of sorts, and five years later became a permanent part of Vienna’s international bureaucracy. …

  • More About Oil (Part 2): OPEC'S STRATEGY

    Published 15 February 2010 | viewed 8,923 times

    The IEA has apparently calculated that OPEC earned 575 billion (U.S.) dollars in oil export revenues in 2009, a relatively depressed year, and might earn…

  • More About Oil (Part 1): A Preview of The New Decade

    Published 15 February 2010 | viewed 8,313 times

    In 20 years I predict energy wars over oil and  gas resources. By the time it becomes politically profitable to react to problems  in the…

  • Two Important Observations About Nuclear Energy

    Published 11 February 2010 | viewed 42,925 times

    Several years ago I gave a lecture on oil in Paris, and everything went well until I put in a good word for nuclear energy.…

  • Endless Oil: Prices NOT Peaks are the Issue

    Published 08 February 2010 | viewed 5,768 times

    ”Endless Oil” is the title of a piece in Business Week (Jan, 18, 2010). Its author is Stanley Reed, and it was interesting for me…

  • A Disobliging Update on the Price of Oil

    Published 09 January 2010 | viewed 11,076 times

    There still seems to be a deplorable uncertainty about the future price of the most important commodity in the world. A few months ago Philip…

  • Speakable and Unspeakable About The Copenhagen Climate Meeting

    Published 11 December 2009 | viewed 6,640 times

    An informative essay by Ferdinand E. Banks on the Copenhagen Climate meeting, Energy Economics, the Nuclear revival and why Global Warming should be uniting us…

  • Myth and Meaning in the Great World of Energy Economics

    Published 20 October 2009 | viewed 13,061 times

    Virtually every topic in energy economics contains some elephantine myths that need to be confronted, from oil and gas to Nuclear and renewables. SOMETHING ABOUT…

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