Robert Frank

Professor, Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management at Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University


  • Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University




Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University


Robert H. 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. For more than a decade, his "Economic View" column appeared monthly in The New York Times. 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. He holds an MA in statistics and a PhD 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.

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, was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times, and was included in Business Week''s list of the ten best books of 1995. Frank 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.

Recent Courses

  • NBA 5270 - Applied Economic Analysis
  • NCC 5020 - Microeconomics for Management
  • NBA 5280 - Rivalry and Cooperation
  • AEM 4940 - Undergraduate Special Topics in Applied Economics and Management

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D University of California- Berkeley, 1972
  • MA University of California- Berkeley, 1971
  • BS Georgia Tech, 1966

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