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John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Cambridge, MA 02138
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
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.
Trautmann, Stefan T., and Richard J. Zeckhauser. "Shunning
Uncertainty: The Neglect of Learning Opportunities." Games and
Economic Behavior 79 (May 2013): 44–55.
Friedman, Jeffrey A., and Richard Zeckhauser. "Assessing
Uncertainty in Intelligence." Intelligence and National
Security 27.6 (October 2012): 824-847.
Tran, Anh, and Richard Zeckhauser. "Rank as an Inherent Incentive:
Evidence from a Field Experiment." Journal of Public
Economics 96.9-10 (October 2012): 645–650.
Fang, Hai, Nolan H. Miller, John Rizzo, and Richard Zeckhauser.
"Demanding Customers: Consumerist Patients and Quality of Care."
BE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy 11.1 (2011).
Dreber, Anna, David G. Rand, Nils Wernerfelt, Justin R. Garcia,
Miguel G. Vilar, J. Koji Lum, and Richard Zeckhauser. "Dopamine and
Risk Choices in Different Domains: Findings Among Serious
Tournament Bridge Players." Journal of Risk and Uncertainty
43.1 (2011): 19-38.
Sunstein, Cass R., and Richard Zeckhauser. "Overreaction to
Fearsome Risks." Environmental and Resource Economics 48.3
Eggleston, Karen, Ruifang Zhang, and Richard Zeckhauser. "The
Global Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance: Insights from
Economic Analysis." International Journal of Environmental
Research and Public Health 7 (2010): 3141-3149.
- Book Chapters
Viscusi, W. Kip, and Richard Zeckhauser,. "Addressing Catastrophic
Risks: Disparate Anatomies Require Tailored Therapies."
Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence in U.S.
Regulation. Ed. Cary Coglianese. University of Pennsylvania
Press, 2012, 21-48.
Donahue, John D., and Richard Zeckhauser. "The Tummler’s Task: A
Collaborative Conception of Port Protection." Ports in a Storm:
Public Management in a Turbulent World. Ed. John D. Donahue and
Mark H. Moore. Brookings Institution Press, 2012, 116-132.
Bohnet, Iris, Benedikt Herrmann, Mohamad Al-Ississ, Andrea Robbett,
Khalid Al-Yahia, and Richard Zeckhauser. "The Elasticity of Trust:
How to Promote Trust in the Arab Middle East and the United
States." Restoring Trust in Organizations and Leaders: Enduring
Challenges and Emerging Answers. Ed. Roderick M. Kramer and
Todd L. Pittinsky. Oxford University Press, 2012, 151-169.
Schauer, Frederick, and Richard Zeckhauser. "The Trouble with
Cases." Regulation versus Litigation: Perspectives from
Economics and Law. Ed. Daniel P. Kessler. National Bureau of
Economic Research, 2011, 45-70.
Wernerfelt, Nils, and Richard Zeckhauser. "Denying the Temptation
to GRAB." The Natural Resources Trap: Private Investment without
Public Commitment. Ed. William Hogan and Federico Sturzenegger.
MIT Press, 2010, 197-226.
Berger, Alan, Case Brown, Carolyn Kousky, and Richard Zeckhauser.
"The Five Neglects: Risks Gone Amiss." Learning from
Catastrophes: Strategies for Reaction and Response. Ed. Howard
Kunreuther and Michael Useem. Wharton School Publishing, 2010,
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
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.
Dreber, Anna, David Rand, Nils Wernerfelt, Peter Worrell, and
Richard Zeckhauser. "The Decisions of Entrepreneurs and Their
Agents: Revealed Levels of Risk Aversion and Betrayal Aversion."
HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP13-016, May 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." HKS Faculty Research
Working Paper Series RWP13-004, March 2013.
- Magazine and Newspaper Articles
Fang, Hai, Karen N. Eggleston, John A. Rizzo, and Richard
Zeckhauser. "Jobs and Kids: Female Employment and Fertility in
Rural China." Vox. June 5, 2010.