Richard Jay Zeckhauser

Harvard Kennedy School, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: (617) 495-1174    Email:

Academic Positions

Frank P. Ramsey Professor of Political Economy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (Professor, 1972-present; Associate Professor, 1970-72; Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, 1968-70)

Faculty Associate: Eliot House, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

Chair: Fellows Program, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

Member of Executive Committee: University Committee on Environment

Member: University Committee on Higher Degrees in Health Policy, Harvard University

Associate, Center for Risk Analysis, Harvard School of Public Health

Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research

Affiliate, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Financial Institutions Center

Member, OECD High Level Advisory Board on Financial Management of Large-Scale Catastrophes

Co-Editor or Associate Editor: Journal of Risk and Uncertainty; International Journal of Economic Theory and Policy; Journal of the Economics of Business; Regulation; Review of Economics and Statistics; Journal of Risk and Insurance

Academic Advisory Committee, American Enterprise Institute



Distinguished Fellow, American Economic Association

Elected member, National Academy of Medicine

Fellow, Econometric Society

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Fellow, Association for Public Policy and Management


Recent Prizes and Awards

2016 Keynote Speaker, CEAR/MRIC Behavioral Insurance Workshop, Munich

2014 Keynote Speaker, Tiber Symposium on Psychology and Economics, Tilburg, Netherlands

2014 Herbert Simon Lecture, National Chengdu University, Taiwan

2012 United States Mixed Teams Championship (2nd place), contract bridge

2009 Most Influential Course Award, Harvard Kennedy School

2008 Raymond Vernon Prize for Mentorship, Harvard Kennedy School

2008 Lee Kwan Yew Distinguished Visitor, Singapore

2008 Winner, National Institute of Health Care Management Best Paper Award

2007 United States National Mixed Pairs Champion, contract bridge

2006 Ronald H. Coase Prize, University of Chicago Law School

Memorial article on Paul Samuelson highlighting Zeckhauser.


Courses of Instruction

Analytic Frameworks for Policy (Harvard Kennedy School)

Ph.D. Dissertation Writing Course (Harvard Kennedy School)


Higher Education

Ph.D. in Economics, Harvard University, September, 1968

Junior Fellowship, Society of Fellows, June, 1965 to June, 1968

A.B. in Economics, Harvard College, summa cum laude, June, 1962


Outside Activities

Trustee, The Commonwealth School, 1994-present. Executive Committee, 1996-2020

Commissioner, Group Insurance Commission, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1993-2005

Academic Advisory Committee, American Enterprise Institute, 1997-present

Principal, Senior Advisor, Equity Resource Investments, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2005-present

Founder, Director, and Principal, Niederhoffer, Cross and Zeckhauser, Inc., New York, (investment banking), 1967-1984

Director, various startup companies, 1985-present (Recovery Engineering, Inc., sold to Procter & Gamble; Johnson-Grace, Inc., sold to AOL)