BIOGRAPHY... benjamin ho

[A picture of me]

(picture credit R-)

Friend: "You do pretty well just wandering through life."
Me: "I guess I do..."
(Sept 3, 2003)


Stanford University (2001-2006)

PhD Economics 2006,
MA Education 2004,
MA Political Science 2004

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1996-2000)

M.Eng Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 2000,
BS Economics 1999,
BS Mathematics 1999,
BS Computer Science 2000

Job Experience

  • Vassar College - Assistant Professor of Economics (2011-present)
  • Cornell University - Assistant Professor of Economics - (2006-2011)
  • White House Council of Economic Advisers - Lead Energy Economist (2006-2007)
  • Morgan Stanley - Analyst (2000-2001)


Ben Ho is a behavioral economist who uses economic tools like game theory and experiments to understand social systems such as apologies, identity signaling, and climate concerns. Before Vassar, he was an assistant professor of economics at Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management. Professor Ho was also lead energy economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and has worked and consulted for Morgan

My research is about the application of economics tools such as game theory and information theory toward social interactions that have traditionally been the purview of sociologists or psychologists. My current research includes theories and empirics on apologies, identity, climate change attitudes, trust, and news cycle trends.

I have more interests than probably reasonable, but the main ones have included photography, art, musical theatre, rollerhockey, blogging, sailing, comics, Neal Stephenson, programming, poker, food and wine, etc.

I grew up in Morristown, NJ, but call New York home. I moved to gorgeous Ithaca from charming Baltimore where my wife attended Med School. She is now a fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia