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.
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
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.
“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
"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,