Ronald Ehrenberg

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Ronald G. Ehrenberg is Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics at Cornell University, director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. From 1995 to 1998, he served as Cornell’s vice president for Academic Programs, Planning, and Budget. He received a BA in mathematics from Harpur College (State University of New York, Binghamton) in 1966, a PhD in economics from Northwestern University in 1970, an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the State University of New York in 2008, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Pennsylvania State University in 2011. He is a noted labor economist, past president and a fellow of the Society of Labor Economics, and co-author of the leading textbook, Modern Labor Economics: Theory and Public Policy (twelfth edition). His research over the last 30 years has focused on higher education issues. Ehrenberg is the editor of American University: National Treasure or Endangered Species, Governing Academia, Science and the University, What’s Happening to Public Higher Education, Doctoral Education, and The Faculty of the Future, and the author of Tuition Rising: Why College Costs So Much and Educating Scholars: Doctoral Education in the Humanities. In 2002, he was named a national associate of the National Academies and in 2005 he was named a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow at Cornell University; the highest honor that Cornell gives for undergraduate teaching. He served on the National Research Council’s committees on Measuring Productivity in Higher Education and on Research Universities. From 2006 to 2010 he served as a trustee of Cornell University and he currently serves as trustee of the State University of New York. In 2011, the Society of Labor Economists presented him with the Jacob Mincer award in recognition of his lifetime contribution to the field of labor economics. In 2013, the Association for the Study of Higher Education presented him with the Howard Bowen distinguished career award. In 2014 Cornell University honored him by creating the Ronald G. Ehrenberg Professorship in Labor Economics at the university. In 2015 he received the Glenn G. Bartle Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Binghamton University Alumni Association. In 2014 Cornell University honored him by creating the Ronald G. Ehrenberg Professorship in Labor Economics position at the university.
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