The Century Foundation Welcomes Robert Hockett as a New Fellow

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“Bob Hockett is a polymath who has a deep understanding of complex economic and legal issues. He also cares deeply about the human experience of inequality and, to understand that better, he has lived among homeless communities,” said Janice Nittoli, president of The Century Foundation. “We are pleased to support his efforts to develop and promote strategies for closing the wealth gap."

The Century Foundation welcomes Robert C. Hockett, professor of law at Cornell University Law School, as a new fellow. Hockett conducts research in the fields of organizational and financial law and economics, particularly as they relate to economic globalization and inequality. He is also a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

In 2011, Hockett, Daniel Alpert, a Century Foundation fellow and a founding managing partner of Westwood Capital, LLC, and Nouriel Roubini, New York University professor of economics, co-authored “The Way Forward,” a white paper that has been credited with providing a clear and concise explanation of the issues that gave rise to today’s global financial problems. The paper was published by the New America Foundation.

One of Hockett’s areas of focus at The Century Foundation will be developing ideas for enabling average workers to gain a greater stake in the ownership of firms, which is a concept that has been a priority of TCF since Edward Filene created it in 1919. One goal of those efforts is to raise workers’ incomes, which have not been keeping up with productivity improvements.

“Bob Hockett is a polymath who has a deep understanding of complex economic and legal issues. He also cares deeply about the human experience of inequality and, to understand that better, he has lived among homeless communities,” said Janice Nittoli, president of The Century Foundation. “We are pleased to support his efforts to develop and promote strategies for closing the wealth gap.”

Prior to becoming a law professor, Hockett worked for the International Monetary Fund and clerked for the Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha, then Circuit Judge and later Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. While a graduate student and as a judicial clerk Hockett taught at Yale, Harvard, the University of Connecticut, and the University of Kansas. Hockett received his BA and JD degrees from the University of Kansas. He earned an MA from Oxford University, and a Master of Laws degree (LLM) and Doctor of Science of Law degree (JSD) from Yale Law School.

Hockett is the latest addition to a growing roster of Century Foundation fellows who are widely recognized as insightful generators of distinctive and provocative public policy ideas. Together they advance TCF’s mission of providing bold, thought-provoking responses to unequal opportunity in America and the challenges to the United States of the diffusion of global power. “Bob is an exceptionally creative thinker who bursts with smart ideas,” said Greg Anrig, vice president of policy and programs. “We are excited to have him enrich all of our work.”

The Century Foundation is a progressive nonpartisan think tank. Originally known as the Twentieth Century Fund, it was founded in 1919 and initially endowed by Edward Filene, a leading Republican businessman and champion of fair workplaces and employee ownership strategies, with an eye to ensuring that economic opportunity is available to all. TCF issues analyses and convenes and promotes the best thinkers and thinking across a range of public policy questions. Its work focuses on issues of equity and opportunity in the United States, and how American values can be best sustained and advanced in a world of more diffuse power.

For more information on The Century Foundation and its work, please visit http://www.tcf.org. You can keep up with the latest news from Century by signing up for our mailing list, following us on Twitter @tcfdotorg and joining our Facebook page. For media inquiries, contact Christy Hicks at hicks@tcf.org or (212) 452-7723.

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