Personal Overview

Education: John Tomer holds a B.S. in industrial engineering (1964) from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in economics (1973) from Rutgers University.

Early Career: He served from 1964 to 1966 as an Ordnance Corps officer in the U.S. Army including a year in Korea. He was employed as an economist for the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Revenue Sharing during 1972-1974. He was a professor of economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for seven years and Union College for two years before joining Manhattan College in 1983.

Research: An important theme in Tomer’s behavioral economic research is intangible capital formation (especially organizational capital, social capital, and personal capital). Reflecting this, his three books are Organizational Capital: The Path to Higher Productivity and Well-Being (Praeger 1987); The Human Firm: A Socio-Economic Analysis of its Behavior and Potential in a New Economic Age (Routledge 1999); and Intangible Capital: Its Contribution to Economic Growth, Well-Being, and Rationality (Edward Elgar 2008).  His current research involves integrating human capital with human development.

Behavioral Economics: Tomer is a founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics (SABE), assisted in SABE’s rebirth in 1991-1992, and served as its President from 1992 to 2003 and Executive Director from 2003 to 2012. Tomer was Co-Editor of the Journal of Socio-Economics from 2001 to 2012. Tomer is editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s book series entitled Advances in Behavioral Economics.

Family: He is married to Doris Tomer and resides in Troy, NY; He has two grown sons, Russell and Jeffrey, two daughters-in-law, Karina and Sonja, and four grandchildren, Hudson, Emma, Milo and Ella.