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Richard Robb

Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs

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International Affairs Building, Room 1311


Personal Details

Focus areas: Foundations of economics and moral philosophy, microeconomics, economic foundations of capital markets, and international finance

Richard Robb teaches courses in microeconomics, economic foundations of capital markets and international finance. In addition, he is CEO of Christofferson, Robb and Company, a New York and London based investment management firm that invests in credit and renewable energy markets in Europe and emerging markets. Prior to arriving at SIPA in 2001, he was the global head of the derivatives and securities subsidiaries of the Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Ltd.

Robb holds a BA from Duke University (1981) and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago (1985). His publications include "Testing the Mixture of Exponential Hypothesis and Estimating the Mixing Distribution by the Method of Moments," with James Heckman and J. R. Walker in Journal of the American Statistical Association (1990) and "Alternative Methods for Evaluating the Impact of Interventions: An Overview" with James Heckman in Journal of Econometrics (1985).


  • PhD in Economics, University of Chicago
  • BA, Duke University


  • CEO, Christofferson, Robb and Company

Research And Publications

In The Media

In this book review, Richard Robb reflects on the unexpected costs, both financial and spiritual, of self-employment.

Feb 22 2024
Wall Street Journal

Are you looking for one great book this summer — or maybe a few? We’re pleased to share recommendations from our faculty and staff.

Jun 14 2023

Richard Robb writes that "sustainability accounting should address the value in terms of externalities that companies create or destroy."

Apr 01 2023
Accounting in a Sustainable World Quarterly

Neither ‘rational choice’ nor behavioral economics explains the story of the Good Samaritan. Economist Richard Robb offers an alternative that tries.

Dec 05 2019
Wall Street Journal

Richard Robb writes in his new book 'Willful: How We Choose What We Do' about adding a human element to rational economic and financial movements. “Acknowledging the for-itself gives us licence to embrace specific conduct” he writes.

Nov 19 2019
Financial Times