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Benjamin Ho Associate Professor of Economics

Ben Ho is an associate professor of behavioral economics at Vassar College and author of the book Why Trust Matters: An Economist's Guide to the Ties that Bind Us. Ho applies economic tools like game theory and experimental design to topics like apologies, trust, identity, inequality and climate change. Before Vassar, he taught MBA students at Cornell, served as lead energy economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and worked/consulted for Morgan Stanley and several tech startups. Professor Ho also teaches at Columbia University where he is a faculty affiliate for the Center for Global Energy Policy. His work has been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Ho holds seven degrees from Stanford and MIT in economics, education, political science, math, computer science and electrical engineering.

  • BS, MA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MES, PhD, Stanford University
  • At Vassar since 2011

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Research and Academic Interests

  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Behavioral and Experimental Economics
  • Environmental and Energy Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Labor Economics

Courses

  • ECON 261. Political Economy
  • ECON 333. Behavioral Economics

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Education

PhD Economics, MA Education, MA Political Science 2006 Stanford University

MEng Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, BS Economics, BS Mathematics BS Computer Science 2000 MIT

Background

Ben Ho is an associate professor of behavioral economics at Vassar College and author of the book Why Trust Matters: An Economist's Guide to the Ties that Bind Us. Ho applies economic tools like game theory and experimental design to topics like apologies, trust, identity, inequality and climate change. Before Vassar, he taught MBA students at Cornell, served as lead energy economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and worked/consulted for Morgan Stanley and several tech startups. Professor Ho also teaches at Columbia University where he is a faculty affiliate for the Center for Global Energy Policy. His work has been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Ho holds seven degrees from Stanford and MIT in economics, education, political science, math, computer science and electrical engineering.