Robert Frank

Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

For more than a decade, Robert H. Frank's "Economic View" column appeared monthly in The New York Times. Frank is 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. He received his BS in mathematics from Georgia Tech, and then taught math and science for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Nepal. Frank holds an MA in statistics and a PhD in economics, both from the University of California at Berkeley.

Frank's papers have appeared in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, and other leading professional journals. His books have been translated into 23 languages, including 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, The Darwin Economy, and Success and Luck. The Winner-Take-All Society, co-authored with Philip Cook, received a Critic's Choice Award and was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times.

Frank is a co-recipient of the 2004 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. 


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COVID-19 and Climate: Human Response

Mar 24 2020 - 1:00pm

How do human beings respond to invisible threats like the coronavirus and carbon pollution? One threat is personal, direct, and close – touch an infected surface or talk too close to someone and you could be deathly sick in a matter of days. The other is impersonal, indirect, and far away– driving your car contributes in some tiny way to future melting glaciers, rising seas, and scorching heat waves. And yet responding to both requires a similar shift in mindset and behavior.