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Robert Frank

Robert Frank

Robert H. Frank is a bestselling author, veteran columnist, the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management, and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos. His most recent book is Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of the Meritocracy, published in 2016 by Princeton University Press. About the book, Fortune declared it “well-reasoned, coherent, and compelling,” adding that “Frank is one of the great writers of economics.”

Dr. Frank’s other books, which include Choosing the Right Pond, Passions Within Reason, Microeconomics and Behavior, Principles of Economics (with Ben Bernanke), Luxury Fever, What Price the Moral High Ground?, Falling Behind, The Economic Naturalist, and The Darwin Economy, have been translated into 23 languages. The Winner-Take-All Society, co-authored with Philip Cook, received a Critic's Choice Award, was named a Notable Book of the Year by sThe New York Times, and was included in Business Week's list of the ten best books of 1995. He is a co-recipient of the 2004 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. He was awarded the Johnson School’s Stephen Russell Distinguished teaching award in 2004, 2010, and 2012, and its Apple Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.

For more than a decade, Frank’s “Economic View” column appeared monthly in The New York Times. He received his B.Sc. in mathematics from Georgia Tech, and then taught math and science for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Nepal. He holds an M.A. in statistics and a Ph.D. in economics, both from the University of California at Berkeley. His papers have appeared in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, and other leading professional journals. Many of Robert Frank’s theories have been very influential in the field of economics, including the ‘prisoner’s dilemma,’ the ‘positional arm race,’ ‘winner-take-all’ and the strategic role of the emotions in decision making.


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Published on April 05, 2018

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