R. Richard “Rick” Geddes is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on infrastructure public and private partnerships, the US postal system and postal delivery policy, and corporate governance. Concurrently he is professor of policy analysis and management at Cornell University and director of the Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy.

Dr. Geddes served as a commissioner of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, which submitted its report to Congress in January 2008. Previously, he was a senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, a national fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and a visiting faculty fellow at Yale Law School.

In 2009 and 2010, Dr. Geddes worked on public-private partnerships in Australia, first as a Fulbright senior scholar at Australian National University in Canberra and later as a visiting researcher with the Australian government’s Productivity Commission.

Dr. Geddes’ work has been published in scholarly journals, which include the American Economic Review, the Journal of Urban Economics, the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, the Journal of Law and Economics, and the Journal of Regulatory Economics. In addition, his commentary has appeared in CNN.com, The Hill, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.

Dr. Geddes has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in economics from the University of Chicago. He has a bachelor of science in economics and finance from Towson State University.


Professor, 2016–present; Associate Professor, 2003–16; Director of Undergraduate Studies, 2005–07; Assistant Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Management 2002–03; Faculty Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, 2014–present; Founding Director, Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy, 2012–present; Core Faculty Member, Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, 2012–present; Member, Field of Public Affairs, 2004–present; Member, Field of Economics, 2004–present, Cornell University

Member, Revenue and Finance Committee, Transportation Research Board, 2012–present

Member, Public-Private Partnership Subcommittee of the Revenue and Finance Committee, Transportation Research Board, 2012–present

Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute, 2011–present

Visiting Researcher, Australian government’s Productivity Commission (Canberra), January–June 2010

Fulbright Senior Scholar, Economics Program, Research School of Social Science, Australian National University, July–December 2009

Commissioner, National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, 2006–08

Senior Economist, President’s Council of Economic Advisers, The White House, 2004–05

National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1999–2000

Associate Professor of Economics, 1999–2002; Assistant Professor of Economics, 1991–99, Fordham University

Visiting Faculty Fellow, Program in Civil Liability, Yale Law School, 1995–96


Ph.D., M.A., economics, University of Chicago
B.S., economics and finance, Towson State University