R. Richard Geddes
|Associate Professor and Director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy|
|251 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall |
|Policy Analysis and Management|
|Phone: 607-255-8391 Fax: 607-255-4071|
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Rick Geddes is Associate Professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University, and Founding Director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy. He is a core faculty member of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA). His research fields include private infrastructure investment through public-private partnerships, postal service policy, corporate governance, women’s property rights, and antitrust policy. He is also a Research Associate with the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University, and a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
Geddes served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Australian National University in Canberra in the fall of 2009, and a Visiting Researcher at the Australian Government's Productivity Commission in the spring of 2010. His research focused on Australian public-private partnerships in both positions. He teaches courses at Cornell on private infrastructure investment, corporate governance and the regulation of industry.
In addition to his teaching and research at Cornell, Geddes served as a commissioner on the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, which submitted its report to Congress in January 2008. He has held positions as a senior staff economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, Visiting Faculty Fellow at Yale Law School, and National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1991, and his bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Towson State University in 1984.
In 2008, Geddes received the Kappa Omicron Nu/Human Ecology Alumni Association Student Advising Award. His published work has appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Regulatory Economics, the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, the Journal of Legal Studies, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, the Journal of Law and Economics, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy, and Managerial and Decision Economics, among others.
|Teaching and Advising Statement:|
A university must prepare students by not only teaching them current facts, but also by giving them the tools they need to think critically on their own. When a student graduates, he or she should be able to apply a rigorous conceptual approach to very diverse situations. Only then will the goal of a more broadly educated society be achieved.
To that end, my teaching philosophy includes three distinct facets. The first is integrating knowledge gained though reading the research of others (and through conducting my own research), into my teaching. The second is enlivening the theoretical concepts I teach using real-world policy applications. The third is a multi-pronged approach to enhancing interaction with students.
|Current Professional Activities:|
My current professional activities include conducting research on state-level public-private partnership enabling laws, on new types of public-private partnerships designed to increase investment in U.S. infrastructure, on the state-level drivers of investment in transportation infrastructure, and on historical state laws that enhanced women's economic rights.
|Current Research Activities:|
Geddes’ current research focuses on policies facilitating private investment in the renovation and construction of U.S. transportation infrastructure through public-private partnerships. He is examining the drivers of a state's decision to pass a law encouraging private infrastructure investment, known as a PPP enabling law, the drivers of the favorability of those laws to private investment, and the degree to which those laws attract private infrastructure investment. He is also studying policies that have been effective in attracting private infrastructure investment in other countries, such as Australia. Geddes published a book in 2011 on policy towards private infrastructure investment in the United States.
Additional research interests include the economics of postal services and women's economic rights. Regarding women's economic rights, Geddes is examining the effects of historical changes in state laws affecting married women, which include such changes as the granting of property rights, the right to market earnings, and the right to own a business, on various outcomes such as women’s literacy and schooling.
PhD 1991 - University of Chicago, Economics
MA 1988 - University of Chicago, Economics
BS 1984 - Towson State University, Economics and Finance
PAM 3340: Corporations, Shareholders, and Policy
PAM 2000: Intermediate Microeconomics
PAM 3400: Economics of Consumer Policy
PAM 4330: Topics in Corporations and Policy
PAM 2470: Government and the Marketplace
PAM representative to the Faculty Senate, 2012
Director, Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy (CPIP)
“Passage of the Married Women’s Property Acts and Earnings Acts in the United States: 1850 to 1920,” Research in Economic History; Vol. 29, 2012 (joint with Sharon Tennyson)
“Human Capital Accumulation and the Expansion of Women’s Property Rights,” November 2012, Journal of Law & Economics (joint with Sharon Tennyson and Dean Lueck)
“Labor Cost and Market Attractiveness for Public-Private Partnership Contractual Choice in the U.S. Water Industry” (joint with Germà Bel and Daniel Albalate) in press, Local Government Studies
The Road to Renewal: Private Investment in U.S. Transportation Infrastructure, (Washington, DC: AEI Press) 2011.
“Pricing by State-Owned Enterprises: The Case of Postal Services” Managerial and Decision Economics 29: 575-591 (2008). [abstract]
“Real Estate Brokerage and E-Commerce: A Framework for Empirical Analysis,” Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy 3:2 (Spring 2007) 365-384.
"Policy Watch: Reform of the U.S. Postal Service," Journal of Economic Perspectives 19:3 (Summer 2005) 217-232. [abstract]
"The Gains from Self-Ownership and the Expansion of Women's Rights", American Economic Review 92:4 (September 2002). [abstract]
"CEO Tenure, Board Composition, and Regulation", Journal of Regulatory Economics, 21:2 (2002) 217-235. [abstract]
"The Rule of One-Third", Journal of Legal Studies 31:1 (January 2002) 119-137. [abstract]
"Public Utilities," in Gerrit De Geest and Boudewijn Bouckaert, (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, Vol. III: The Regulation of Contracts, London: Edward Elgar (2000) 1162-1205.
infrastructure investment, public-private partnerships, transportation policy, postal service, corporate governance, women's property rights
|The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.|