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Name  Richard Zeckhauser
Role  Economist
Education  Harvard University

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Books  Collaborative Governance: Private Roles for Public Goals in Turbulent Times, The Early Admissions Game
Similar People  John W Pratt, Bobby Wolff, Bobby Goldman, Mike Lawrence

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Richard Jay Zeckhauser (born 1940) is an American economist and the Frank P. Ramsey Professor of Political Economy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


He holds a BA (summa cum laude) and a PhD in economics from Harvard University. Early in his career, he was one of the "whiz kids" assembled by Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara to apply cutting-edge analysis to Cold War military strategy.

He is the author or co-author of many books and articles. His most recent book, with Peter Schuck, is Targeting in Social Programs. The book examines how and why to deploy scarce public resources to solve public problems. While he holds no formal office, he has long been an informal leader at the Kennedy School and at Harvard. He is also a consultant with Analysis Group.

Professor Richard Zeckhauser: 50 Years of Teaching at Harvard

Bridge career

Zeckhauser is a champion bridge player.


  • North American Bridge Championships (2)
  • Blue Ribbon Pairs (1) 1966
  • Mixed Pairs (1) 2007
  • Runners-up

  • North American Bridge Championships (2)
  • Men's Board-a-Match Teams (1) 1968
  • Mixed Board-a-Match Teams (2) 2003, 2012
  • Works

  • Zeckhauser, Richard (2006) "Investing in the Unknown and Unknowable", Capitalism and Society: Vol. 1 : Iss. 2, Article 5. doi:10.2202/1932-0213.1009
  • Schuck, Peter H. & Zeckhauser, Richard J. Targeting in Social Programs: Avoiding Bad Bets, Removing Bad Apples, Brookings Institution Press, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8157-0428-7
  • Zeckhauser, Richard, Strategy and choice, MIT Press, 1991, ISBN 978-0-262-24033-8
  • Zeckhauser, Richard, Keeney, Ralph L., Sebenius, James K. Wise choices: decisions, games, and negotiations, Harvard Business Press, 1996, ISBN 978-0-87584-677-4
  • Zeckhauser, Richard (2008). "Insurance". In David R. Henderson (ed.). Concise Encyclopedia of Economics (2nd ed.). Indianapolis: Library of Economics and Liberty. ISBN 978-0865976658. OCLC 237794267. CS1 maint: Extra text: editors list (link)
  • References

    Richard Zeckhauser Wikipedia