Ronald G. Ehrenberg

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Ronald G. Ehrenberg
Ronald G Ehrenberg 2014-10.jpg
Born (1946-04-20) April 20, 1946 (age 72)
New York, NY
InstitutionLoyola University
University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Cornell University
FieldLabor Economics
Alma materBinghamton University
Northwestern University
ContributionsLabor economics including economics of higher education
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

Ronald Gordon Ehrenberg is an American economist. He has primarily worked in the field of labor economics including the economics of higher education. Currently, he is Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics at Cornell University.[1] He is also the founder-director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI).


Ehrenberg received a B.A. in mathematics from Harpur College (now Binghamton University) in 1966, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University in 1970.[1][2] After teaching at Loyola University and University of Massachusetts Amherst, he moved to Ithaca in 1975 and spent rest of his professional career at Cornell University.

At Cornell, Ehrenberg is a faculty member in the department of labor economics in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations and in the department of economics in the College of Arts and Sciences.[3][4] He also served as the university's Vice President for Academic Programs, Planning and Budgeting (1995–1998) and an elected member of the Cornell Board of Trustees (2006–10). In 2005, he was named a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, the highest award for undergraduate teaching that exists at Cornell.[5]

Professional Activities[edit]

Ehrenberg's academic contributions have been primarily in the field of labor economics including the economics of higher education. He has authored or edited (sometimes with coauthors) over 30 books and book-length reports.[6] He has published over 160 articles in professional journals including the American Economic Review, Economics of Education Review, Industrial and Labor Relations, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Economics Perspectives, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Urban Economics, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Research in Labor Economics, and Review of Economics and Statistics.

He has supervised the dissertations of 51 Ph.D. students and served on the committees of numerous other students.

Ehrenberg has served on numerous editorial boards and has been a consultant to many governmental agencies and commissions and university and private research corporations. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York from 2010-2017 (SUNY).[7]

Labor Economics[edit]

Ehrenberg was the founding editor of "Research in Labor Economics" and served as a co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a research fellow at IZA (berlin) and a Past President of the Society of Labor Economists.[8][9] He is a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists, of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, and a National Associate of the National Academies of Science and Engineering.

He coauthored with Robert S. Smith a leading textbook, Modern Labor Economics: Theory and Public Policy (2017, 13th edition).[10]

Economics of Higher Education[edit]

Ehrenberg's more recent research has focused on higher education issues. In 1998, Ehrenberg founded Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI) to provide a vehicle for interdisciplinary research on higher education.

CHERI's current research interests include "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, and reducing inequality in access to higher education."[11]

Ehrenberg is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, a fellow Emeritus of the TIAA-CREF Institute, and a member of the National Academy of Education.[12]

Awards and honors[edit]

Ehrenberg has received numerous academic honors and professional distinctions. He received an Honorary Doctor of Science from Binghamton University State University of New York in 2008.[13] He was a commencement speaker at Pennsylvania State University's 2011 Commencement during which he received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the university.[2][14] The Binghamton University Alumni Association gave him Glenn G. Bartle Distinguished Alumnus/a Award in 2015.[15]

He was awarded Society of Labor Economists' 2011 Jacob Mincer Lifetime Achievement Award [16] and the Association for the Study of Higher Education's 2013 Howard Bowen Distinguished Career Award.[17]

Cornell University honored him in 2014 by creating the Ronald G. Ehrenberg Professorship in Labor Economics position at the university.[18] In April 2018 he was named a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service. [19]

A conference entitled "Ron Ehrenberg: His Life and Economics" organized by his former students was held on June 3–4 at the ILR Conference Center in King-Shaw Hall, Cornell University.[20] A conference volume "Ron Ehrenberg: His Life and Economics" provides conference details, a biography, a list of doctoral students, a series of articles and photographs offering tributes, five essays by Ehrenberg ("My Life and Economics," "Last Lecture," "Being a Quadruple Threat Keeps it Interesting," "Coauthors and Collaborations," and "Involving Undergraduates in Research to Encourage Them to Undertake Ph.D. Study in Economics"), and a "List of Completed Articles & Books by Ronald G. Ehrenberg."[21]

Selected publications[edit]

  • R. G. Ehrenberg (editor), American University: National Treasure or Endangered Species, Cornell University Press, 1997.
  • R. G. Ehrenberg, Tuition Rising: Why College Costs So Much, Harvard University Press, 2002.
  • R. G. Ehrenberg (editor), Governing Academia, Cornell University Press, 2004.
  • R. G. Ehrenberg, What’s Happening to Public Higher Education? Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.
  • P. E. Stephan and R. G. Ehrenberg (editors), Science and the University, University of Wisconsin Press, 2007.
  • R. G. Ehrenberg, Doctoral Education and the Faculty of the Future, Cornell University Press, 2008.
  • R. G. Ehrenberg, H. Zuckerman, J. A. Groen, and S. M. Brucker, Educating Scholars: Doctoral Education in the Humanities, Princeton University Press, 2010.


  1. ^ a b Ehrenberg, Ronald G. "Ronald G. Ehrenberg, Cornell University". Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  2. ^ a b LaJeunesse, Sara (May 2011), Ehrenberg Inspires Graduates, Pennsylvania State University College of Education.
  3. ^ "Faculty | The ILR School | Cornell University". Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  4. ^ "Department Faculty | Department of Economics". Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  5. ^ "2005 Weiss Presidential Fellows named for outstanding teaching | Cornell Chronicle". Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  6. ^ "Ronald G. Ehrenberg :: Cornell University :: Vita". Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  7. ^ "Board of Trustees: Ronald Ehrenberg - SUNY". Retrieved 2015-05-07. |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  8. ^ "Ronald G. Ehrenberg". Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  9. ^ "The Society of Labor Economists". Retrieved 2015-05-08.
  10. ^ "Pearson - Modern Labor Economics: Theory and Public Policy, 12/E - Ronald G. Ehrenberg & Robert S. Smith". Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  11. ^ "Cornell Higher Education Research Institute | The ILR School | Cornell University". Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  12. ^ "NAEd Members". Archived from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  13. ^ Chinnam, Sairam. "University at Albany - SUNY Honorary Degrees". Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  14. ^ "Penn State honors ILR School's Ehrenberg with doctorate", Cornell Chronicle, October 12, 2010.
  15. ^ "Binghamton University - Alumni Association: Alumni Leaders Conference | 2015 Alumni Association Special Recognition Awards Ceremony". Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  16. ^ "ILR School's Ronald Ehrenberg wins Mincer award", Cornell Chronicle, May 3, 2011
  17. ^ "Ronald Ehrenberg wins career award". Retrieved 2015-05-07.
  18. ^ "ILR School establishes Ronald G. Ehrenberg Professorship | Cornell Chronicle". Retrieved 2015-05-07.
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  20. ^ "Celebrating Mentor's Legacy". ILR School, Cornell University. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  21. ^ "Ron Ehrenberg: His Life and Economics" (PDF). ILR School, Cornell University. Retrieved August 15, 2017.

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