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John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Richard Zeckhauser is the Frank P. Ramsey Professor of
Political Economy. Much of his conceptual research examines
possibilities for democratic, decentralized allocation procedures.
Many of his policy investigations explore ways to promote the
health of human beings, to help markets work more effectively, and
to foster informed and appropriate choices by individuals and
government agencies. He teaches an advanced course in analytic
methods, the Ph.D. writing seminar, and chairs the annual executive
program on Investment Decisions and Behavioral Finance. He has been
elected as a fellow of the Econometric Society and the American
Academy of Sciences and as a member of the Institute of Medicine
(National Academy of Sciences). He has come first (Mixed Pairs,
2007), second (Mixed Teams, 2003), and third (Open Pairs, 2004) in
recent national contract bridge championships. He serves as a
Trustee for The Commonwealth School and as a member of NBER, the
Russell Sage Roundtable in Behavioral Economics, the Academic
Advisory Committee, American Enterprise Institute, and the OECD
High Level Advisory Board on Large-Scale Catastrophes.
His most recent co-authored books are: Targeting in Social
Programs: Avoiding Bad Bets and Removing Bad Apples (with
Peter Schuck), The Patron's Payoff: Conspicuous Commissions
in Italian Renaissance Art (with Jonathan Nelson), and
Collaborative Governance: Private Roles for Public Goals in
Turbulent Times (With John Donahue). He holds a BA (summa cum
laude) and a PhD in economics from Harvard University.
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Selected Publication Citations:
- Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
Kotowski, Maciej, David A. Weisbach, and Richard J. Zeckhauser.
"Audits as Signals." University of Chicago Law Review 81.1
(February 2014): 179-202.
Fang, Hai, Karen N. Eggleston, John A. Rizzo, and Richard J.
Zeckhauser. "Jobs and Kids: Female Employment and Fertility in
China." IZA Journal of Labor and Development 2.12 (2013).
Trautmann, Stefan T., Gijs van de Kuilen, and Richard J.
Zeckhauser. "Social Class and (Un)Ethical Behavior: A Framework,
With Evidence From a Large Population Sample." Perspectives on
Psychological Science 8.5 (September 2013): 487-497.
Miller, Nolan, Alexander F. Wagner, and Richard J. Zeckhauser.
"Solomonic Separation: Risk Decisions as Productivity Indicators."
Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 46.3 (June 2013): 265-297.
Alan M. Berger, Casey L. Brown, Carolyn Kousky, Ken Laberteaux, and
Richard Zeckhauser. "Where Americans Live: A Geographic and
Environmental Tally." Harvard Journal of Real Estate: Navigating
Investments with Ethical Risk (2013): 38-48.
- Book Chapters
Zeckhauser, Richard. "New Frontiers Beyond Risk and Uncertainty:
Ignorance, Group Decision, and Unanticipated Themes, Preface 2."
Handbook of the Economics of Risk and Uncertainty. Ed. W.
Kip Viscusi and Mark Machina. Elsevier, 2013, xvii-xxix.
Donahue, John D. and Richard J. Zeckhauser. Collaborative
Governance: Private Roles for Public Goals in Turbulent Times.
Princeton University Press, 2011.
Zeckhauser, Richard, and Jonathan K. Nelson. The Patron's
Payoff: Conspicuous Commissions in Italian Renaissance Art.
Princeton University Press, 2008.
Schuck, Peter H., and Richard Zeckhauser. Targeting in Social
Programs: Avoiding Bad Bets, Removing Bad Apples. Brookings
Avery, Christopher, Andrew Fairbanks, and Richard Zeckhauser.
The Early Admissions Game: Joining the Elite. Harvard
University Press, 2003.
- HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
Viscusi, W. Kip, and Richard J. Zeckhauser. "Regulating Ambiguous
Risks: The Less than Rational Regulation of Pharmaceuticals." HKS
Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-005, February 2014.
Kotowski, Maciej, David Weisbach, and Richard Zeckhauser.
"Signaling with Audits: Mimicry, Wasteful Expenditures, and
Non-Compliance in a Model of Tax Enforcement." HKS Faculty Research
Working Paper Series RWP14-001, January 2014.
Roy, Devjani, and Richard Zeckhauser. "Ignorance: Lessons from the
Laboratory of Literature." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper
Series RWP13-039, October 2013.
Kotowski, Maciej, David A. Weisbach, and Richard Zeckhauser.
"Audits as Signals." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
RWP13-026, September 2013.