Robert Frank

  • Cornell University and The New York Times

Robert Frank is the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management at Cornell University. He is a monthly contributor to the Economic Scene column in The New York Times. Previously, he served as chief economist for the Civil Aeronautics Board, fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, professor of American Civilization at l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Nepal. His books include, among others, The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition and the Common Good (2011); The Economic Naturalist: In Search of Explanations for Everyday Enigmas (2008); Falling Behind: How Income Inequality Harms the Middle Class (2007); What Price the Moral High Ground? (2004); Principles of Economics, (2001) co-authored with Ben Bernanke; and Luxury Fever: Money and Happiness in an Era of Excess (1999). The Winner-Take-All Society (1995) co-authored with Philip Cook, was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times, and was included in BusinessWeek’s list of the ten best books for 1995. Bob presented his work at the Forum’s 2003 and 2000 Aspen symposia on “Are Arms Races in Higher Education a Problem,” and “Winner Take All …Even in Higher Education,” respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of California, Berkeley.