Ronald Ehrenberg

Higher Ed

  • Business of education

Ronald G. Ehrenberg is the Irving M. Ives professor of industrial and labor relations and economics at Cornell University and a Stephen H. Weiss presidential fellow. He also is director of the Cornell Higher Education Research Institute. From 1995 to 1998 he served as Cornell’s vice president for academic programs, planning and budgeting. Ehrenberg was an elected member of the Cornell Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2010. He currently chairs the SUNY Board of Trustees’ Academic Affairs Committee. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harpur College, SUNY Binghamton; a master’s and doctorate in economics from Northwestern University; and honorary doctorates from SUNY and Pennsylvania State University. As a member of the Cornell faculty for 40 years, Ehrenberg has authored or co-authored over 160 papers and authored or edited 26 books. He received the Jacob Mincer Award for lifetime contributions from the Society of Labor Economists in 2011 and the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Howard Bowen Distinguished Career Award in 2013. In 2014 Cornell honored him by creating the Ronald G. Ehrenberg Professorship in Labor Economics position at the university.