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Best Prof: Benjamin Ho

Benjamin Ho of Cornell's Johnson School is among the 40 best business school profs under the age of 40.

Benjamin Ho of Cornell’s Johnson School is among the 40 best business school profs under the age of 40.

Benjamin Ho

Assistant Professor of Economics

Age: 32

Institution: The Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University

Hometown: Morristown, NJ

Marital Status: Married

Children: None

Education: Stanford University, PhD, Economics

Stanford University, MA, Education

Stanford University, MA, Political Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.Eng, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS, Computer Science

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS, Economics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS, Math

Courses: Energy, Economics and Management

Environmental Economics and Management

Applied Economic Analysis

Political Legal and Social Environment of Business

At Johnson Since: 2007

Before Johnson: Lead Energy Economist for White House Council of Economic Advisers

Extracurricular Activities:

–        Cornell Institute for Social Sciences Faculty Fellow

–        NGO Observer for the Copenhagen COP15 Climate Negotiations

Fun Facts: “Favorite Comic Book – Batman: Dark Knight Returns; Favorite non-standard Social Science Thinker – Sci-fi writer, Neal Stephenson”

Nobody likes to say “I’m Sorry,” yet Cornell professor, Benjamin Ho, uses economic tools to assess the value of an apology. Professor Ho’s research utilizes economic tools such as game theory and experimental economics to analyze social interactions. His research includes a theoretical analysis of how apologies are used to maintain relationships, as well as a statistical examination of the role apologies play in medical malpractice lawsuits. Prior to Cornell, Professor Ho was the lead economist for energy and transportation at the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He was also a research analyst for Morgan Stanley.

Students Say:

“Professor Ho teaches a much broader and more applicable skill for his students: critical thinking. Through class discussion and debate, students learn how to think through problems critically, develop convincing arguments, and defend their perspective.”

Benjamin Ho is among “The World’s 40 Best B-School Profs Under the Age of 40