Robert Reich

Chancellor's Professor and Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Public Policy

Robert Reich

Areas of Expertise

  • Industrial Policy
  • Labor and Employment
  • Leadership and Management
  • Politics
  • Poverty & Inequality
  • Leadership and Social Change
  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Social and Economic Policy


Robert B. Reich has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. He also served on President-Elect Obama’s transition advisory board. He has written twelve books, including The Work of Nations, which has been translated into 22 languages; the best-sellers The Future of Success and Locked in the Cabinet, Supercapitalism, Aftershock and Beyond Outrage.

Professor Reich is co-founding editor of The American Prospect magazine. His commentaries can be heard weekly on public radio’s Marketplace. In 2003, Reich was awarded the prestigious Vaclav Havel Vision Foundation Prize, by the former Czech president, for his pioneering work in economic and social thought. In 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the ten most successful cabinet secretaries of the century. He received his B.A. from Dartmouth College, his M.A. from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Curriculum Vitae

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Working Papers

  • The Case Against Corporate Social Responsibility

    GSPP Working Paper: GSPP08-003 (August 2008)

    This paper argues that the new interest in so-called "corporate social responsibility" is founded on a false notion of how much discretion a modern public corporation has to sacrifice profits for the sake of certain social goods, and that the promotion of corporate social responsibility by both the private and public sectors misleads the public into believing that more is being done by the private sector to meet certain public goals than is in fact the case.

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Selected Publications

Truth as a Common Good with Robert Reich

Truth as a Common Good with Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Event: Spring 2017 Board of Advisors Meeting

Date: March 29, 2017 Duration: 51 minutes

Into the World of Work

Into the World of Work

Date: May 15, 2016 Duration: 23 minutes

Saving Capitalism with Robert Reich

Saving Capitalism with Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Event: 2015 Michael Nacht Distinguished Lecture in Politics & Public Policy

Date: December 1, 2015 Duration: 53 minutes

Economic Inequality and the Future of Progressivism with Bill de Blasio and Robert Reich

Economic Inequality and the Future of Progressivism with Bill de Blasio and Robert Reich

Robert Reich, Bill de Blasio

Event: Economic Inequality and the Future of Progressivism

Date: May 14, 2015 Duration: 16 minutes

The Great Divide with Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich

The Great Divide with Joseph Stiglitz and Robert Reich

Joseph Stiglitz, Robert Reich

Date: April 29, 2015 Duration: 57 minutes

50th Anniversary Free Speech Movement

50th Anniversary Free Speech Movement

Bruce Roberts, Robert Reich, John Gage

Date: October 6, 2014 Duration: 23 minutes

‘Inequality is bad for everyone’: Robert Reich fights against economic imbalance

‘Inequality is bad for everyone’: Robert Reich fights against economic imbalance

Robert Reich, Paul Solman

Date: October 11, 2013 Duration: 6 minutes

Trailer for Inequality for All

Trailer for Inequality for All

Date: August 1, 2013

Political Civility Should Not Be an Oxymoron

Political Civility Should Not Be an Oxymoron

Robert Reich

Event: Cal Day 2012

Date: April 21, 2012 Duration: 59 minutes

Class Warfare in America

Class Warfare in America

Robert Reich

Event: Mario Savio Lecture

Date: November 19, 2011 Duration: 18 minutes



Assistant, Aarin Walker

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