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Ted O’Donoghue

Zubrow Professor of Economics

Uris Hall, Room 482

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1996



Ted O’Donoghue is one of the leaders of the generation of behavioral economists who helped bring this research into mainstream economics in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. He holds degrees from Dartmouth (A.B. in Economics modified with Psychology, 1990) and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph.D. in Economics, 1996). He worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern for one year before joining the faculty at Cornell in 1997.


  • Economics

Graduate Fields

  • Economics


  • Behavioral economics
  • Industrial organization
  • Game theory.
  • Time-inconsistent preferences and self-control problems
  • The role of self-control problems for procrastination and addiction
  • Mispredictions of future utility.