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Eric Schoenberg is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Psychology Department of Columbia University with a research focus on the psychology of money, intergenerational wealth transfers and behavior in financial markets, particularly asset market bubbles. He has taught classes in behavioral economics, decision making, family wealth and leadership at Wharton, Columbia Business School, Stern School of Business, and the Haas Business School. Previously, he was Managing Director & Chief Knowledge Officer of Broadview International, a boutique investment bank offering merger and acquisition advisory services to Information Technology companies. Before that, he served as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State.
Dr. Schoenberg holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University, an MBA from the Wharton School, where he was a Palmer Scholar, an MSE in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and an AB in Biology from Harvard. He serves on the Boards of CampusWorks, Inc., a provider of technology leadership services to universities and colleges, and the Rubin Museum of Art, and is an Overseer of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology.
FALL 2021 SEMINARS
HISTORY & POLITICS
Afterlife of Six Great American Fortunes
Last summer, Jeff Bezos became the first American ever worth $200 billion, just one of the many enormous fortunes marking America’s second gilded age. In these sessions we will explore the stories of six of the greatest fortunes of the first gilded age to examine why and how such great fortunes get created as well as what happens to them after their creators are gone.
HISTORY & POLITICS
The History of Family Money
In 1982, 60 of the 100 richest Americans inherited most of their wealth, but by 2020 this was true for only 27 of the richest 100. Why did the importance of inheritance in determining wealth drop so much over those 40 years, and will it continue or will it reverse? This class will examine the “deep” history of family wealth by focusing on three basic questions for each era — how was wealth created? Who created it? How did it get transmitted across time?