Raymond Geddes
Prof Assoc

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Current Activities

Current Research Activities

A primary focus of Rick’s research is public policy toward both privately owned, publicly traded firms, as well as state-owned enterprises. He is currently examining the role of private investment in funding surface transportation infrastructure in the United States. Rick is also researching the effects of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act on small, publicly traded firms. A second current focus is on the effects of historical changes in state law affecting married women, which include such changes as the granting of property rights, the right to market earnings, and the right to own a business, on various outcomes such as women’s literacy and schooling.


Biographical Statement
Rick Geddes is associate professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University. His research fields include corporate governance, women’s property rights, surface transportation policy, postal services, and antitrust. Rick has completed books on postal reform and antitrust issues arising from competition between the public and private sectors. He is currently writing a book on public-private partnerships in surface transportation. Rick teaches courses on corporate governance and the regulation of industry.

In addition to his teaching and research at Cornell, Rick served as a commissioner on the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, which submitted its report to Congress in January 2008. He has held positions as a senior staff economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, a Visiting Faculty Fellow at Yale Law School, and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He received his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1991, and his bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from Towson State University in 1984.

In 2007, Rick received the Human Ecology Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Extension/Outreach in Public Policy. His published work has appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Regulatory Economics, the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, the Journal of Legal Studies, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, the Journal of Law and Economics, and Managerial and Decision Economics

PhD 1991 - University of Chicago, Economics
MA 1988 - University of Chicago, Economics
BS 1984 - Towson University, Economics and Finance

Courses, Websites, Pubs

Courses Taught
PAM 334: Corporations, Shareholders, and Policy
PAM 200: Intermediate Microeconomics
PAM 340: Economics of Consumer Policy

Related Websites


“Pricing by State-Owned Enterprises: The Case of Postal Services” Managerial and Decision Economics (forthcoming).

 “Real Estate Brokerage and E-Commerce: A Framework for Empirical Analysis,” Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy 3:2 (Spring 2007) 365-384.

"Policy Watch: Reform of the U.S. Postal Service," Journal of Economic Perspectives 19:3 (Summer 2005) 217-232.

"The Gains from Self-Ownership and the Expansion of Women's Rights", American Economic Review 92:4 (September 2002).
"CEO Tenure, Board Composition, and Regulation", Journal of Regulatory Economics, 21:2 (2002) 217-235.

"The Rule of One-Third", Journal of Legal Studies 31:1 (January 2002) 119-137.

"Public Utilities," in Geerit De Geest and Boudewijn Bouckaert, (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, Vol. III: The Regulation of Contracts, London: Edward Elgar (2000) 1162-1205.