Robert C. Hockett, is a professor of law at Cornell University Law School. 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 regular consultant to Americans for Financial Reform, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the International Monetary Fund, and other NGOs and nonprofit organizations.
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.
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. 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.