Ronald Ehrenberg Biography

(Beginning today, this site will feature known economists around the world focusing on their contribution to economic science. Because it’s his birthday today, Ronald Gordon Ehrenberg will be the first economist to be featured.)

Ronald Ehrenberg is an American Economist. He is known for his works in the field of labor economics and economics of higher education.

Personal Information
Full Name : Ronald Gordon Ehrenberg
Birth Date : April 20, 1946
Birth Place : New York, USA

Education
College : Harpur College (now Binghamton University)
Degree : Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
Master : Northwestern University (Illinois, USA)
Degree : Economics
Doctorate : Northwestern University (Illinois, USA)
Degree: Economics
Dissertation Title: The Short-Run Employment Decision and Overtime Behavior in U.S. Industry, 1966
Supervisor: Frank Brechling

Career Highlights
* Member of the Board of Trustees, Cornell University
* Vice President for Academic Programs, Planning and Budgeting, Cornell University
* Founder, Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI)
* Founding editor of “Research in Labor Economics”
* Served as co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources
* Research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
* Research fellow at IZA (Berlin, Germany)
* Former President, Society of Labor Economists
* Supervised the dissertations of more than 50 Ph.D. students
* Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics, Economics Department, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
* Taught at University of Massachusetts Amherst
* Taught at Loyola University

Contribution to Economic Science
– Theory and Empirical Analysis of Labor Markets
– Human Resource Problems including Absenteeism
– Protective Labor Legislation and Social Insurance Programs
– Employee Benefits and Compensation Policies
– the implications of the growing dispersion of wealth across academic institutions
– the growing costs and importance of science to universities
– the financial challenges facing public higher education
– the changing nature of the faculty
– governance in academic institutions
– improving PhD programs in the humanities and associated social sciences
– improving persistence rates in STEM Field majors
– reducing inequality in access to higher education

Books / Articles Published
* Author and/or co-author of more than 25 books including the textbook “Modern Labor Economics: Theory and Public Policy” which is now on its 13th edition)
* Author and/or co-author of more than 150 scholarly articles including:
2010 – “Educating Scholars: Doctoral Education in the Humanities” (Co-authored with H. Zuckerman, J. A. Groen, and S. M. Brucker)
2008 – “Doctoral Education and the Faculty of the Future”, Cornell University Press
2007 – “Science and the University” (co-authored with P.E. Stephan)
2002 – “Tuition Rising: Why College Costs So Much”
1997 (editor) – “American University: National Treasure or Endangered Species”

Awards
2015 – Glenn G. Bartle Distinguished Alumnus Award from Binghamton University Alumni Association
2011 – Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Pennsylvania State University
2011 – Jacob Mincer Award from the Society of Labor Economists
2008 – Honorary Doctor of Science from Binghamton University State University of New York
2005 – Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow (highest award for undergraduate teaching at Cornell University)
2003 – General Mills Foundation Award for Exemplary Undergraduate Teaching

References:
1. http://www.nber.org/vitae/vita171.htm – retrieved April 20, 2020
2. https://www.ilr.cornell.edu/people/ronald-ehrenberg – retrieved April 20, 2020

See also: List of Known Economists from around the world

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