Benjamin Ho is a new assistant professor of economics who uses economics tools such as game theory and experimental economics to analyze social institutions that have traditionally been the purview of sociologists and psychologists. His research includes a theoretical analysis of how apologies are used to maintain relationships, as well as a statistical examination of the role apologies play in medical malpractice lawsuits. Another project uses game theory and experiments to investigate how what we consume is used to convey meaning and identity. Ho was the lead economist for energy and transportation at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and also worked as a research analyst for Morgan Stanley. He received his PhD in economics from Stanford Graduate School of Business.