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Ben Ho

  • PhD
  • Associate Professor of Economics
  • Vassar College
  • 10PublicationsNumber of items in Ben's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 1ReadersNumber of instances of Ben's publications in Mendeley libraries. Updated daily.


Ben Ho is an associate professor of behavioral economics at Vassar College who applies economic tools like game theory and experimental design to understand social systems such as apologies, identity, fairness and attitudes about climate change. Before Vassar, he taught MBA students at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management. Professor Ho was also lead energy economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and has worked and 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.

Recent publications

  • More spending won't solve anything

    • Ho B
  • Economic PErsPEctivEs Measuring Inequality: One Size Does Not Fit All

    • Ho B
    • Slavov S

Professional experience

Associate Professor of Economics

Vassar College

July 2011 - Present

Adjunct Professor

Columbia University

September 2014 - July 2016(2 years)

Assistant Professor of Economics

Cornell University

July 2006 - June 2011(5 years)


The White House

July 2006 - July 2007(a year)

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