Raymond Geddes
Associate Professor

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Current Activities

Current Research Activities

A primary focus of Geddes’ current research is on private investment in the rennovation and construction of transportation infrastructure, which is normally undertaken through public-private partnerships. His focus is on policy issues surrounding the use of public-private partnerships in the United States. Geddes is currently in Australia examining lessons for the United States from that country's long experience in using private investment to fund surface transportation infrastructure. 

A second focus of his research is on the effects of historical changes in state laws 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 will be in Canberra, Australia on sabbatical during the fall semester of 2009 as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in the Economics Program, Research School of Social Science, Australian National University. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar, he will focus on lessons that the United States can draw from Australia's experience with public-private partnerships in funding transportation infrastructure. During the spring 2010 semester, he will be a Visiting Researcher at the Productivity Commission in Canberra. The Productivity Commission is the Australian Government's independent research and advisory body on a range of economic, social and environmental issues affecting the welfare of all Australians. Geddes will continue to focus on financing transportation infrastructure while at the Productivity Commission.

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. Geddes 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. Geddes teaches courses on corporate governance and the regulation of industry.

In addition to his teaching and research at Cornell, Geddes 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, Visiting Faculty Fellow at Yale Law School, and 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 University in 1984.

In 2008, Geddes received the Kappa Omicron Nu/Human Ecology Alumni Association Student Advising Award. 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, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy, and Managerial and Decision Economics, among others

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 3340: Corporations, Shareholders, and Policy
PAM 2000: Intermediate Microeconomics
PAM 3400: Economics of Consumer Policy
PAM 4330: Topics in Corporations and Policy

Selected Publications

“Pricing by State-Owned Enterprises: The Case of Postal Services” Managerial and Decision Economics 29: 575-591 (2008). [abstract]

 “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. [abstract]

"The Gains from Self-Ownership and the Expansion of Women's Rights", American Economic Review 92:4 (September 2002). [abstract]

"CEO Tenure, Board Composition, and Regulation", Journal of Regulatory Economics, 21:2 (2002) 217-235. [abstract]

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

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