John F. Tomer
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). 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).
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. Tomer currently serves as Co-Editor of the Journal of Socio-Economics and Executive Director of SABE.
Family: He is married to Doris Tomer and resides in Troy, NY; they have two grown sons, Russell and Jeffrey.
Organizational Capital: The Path to Higher Productivity and Well-being. Praeger Publishing Co., 1987.
The Human Firm: A Socio-Economic Analysis of Its Behavior and Potential in a New Economic Age. Routledge Publishing Co., 1999.
“Brain Physiology, Egoistic and Empathetic Motivation, and Brain Plasticity: Toward a More Human Economics,” submitted to World Economic Journal.
“Improving the Standard of Living through Investments in Intangible Capital,” forthcoming in R. Holt and D. Greenwood. Eds. A Brighter Future: Improving the Standard of Living Now and for the Next Generation. M. E. Sharpe.
“Intangible Capital and Economic Growth,” International Journal of Behavioral and Healthcare Research, forthcoming 2012.
“Enduring Happiness: Integrating the Hedonic and Eudaimonic Approaches,” Journal of Socio-Economics, 40(5), September/October 2011.
“What Causes Obesity? And Why Has It Grown So Much?,” Challenge, 54(4), July/August 2011.
“Beyond the Rationality of Economic Man, Toward the True Rationality of Human Man,” Journal of Socio-Economics, 37(5), October, 2008.
“Why We Need a Commitment Approach to Environmental Policy,” Ecological Economics, 62(3-4), May, 2007.
“What is Behavioral Economics?” Journal of Socio-Economics, 36(3), June, 2007.
“Organizational Capital and Personal Capital: The Role of Intangible Capital Formation in the Economy” in Altman, Morris. (Editor) Handbook of Contemporary Behavioral Economics; Foundations and Developments. M.E. Sharpe, 2006.
“Understanding Human Welfare,” Indicators, 2(3), Summer 2003
“Personal Capital, and Emotional Intelligence: Increasingly Important Intangible Sources of Economic Growth,” Eastern Economic Journal, 29(3), Summer 2003.
“Human Well-being: A New Approach Based on Overall and Ordinary Functionings,” Review of Social Economy, 60(1), March 2002.
“The Firm Is Human: It Is Not a Neoclassical Machine,” Indicators, 1(3), Summer 2002.
“Economic Man vs. Heterodox Men: The Concept of Human Nature in Schools of Economic Thought,” Journal of Socio-Economics, 30(4), 2001, 281-293.
“Understanding High Performance Work Systems: The Joint Contribution of Economics and Human Resource Management,” Journal of Socio-Economics, 30(1), 2001, 63-73.
“Addictions Are Not Rational: A Socio-Economic Model of Addictive Behavior,” Journal of Socio-Economics, 30 (3), 2001, 243-261.
“Organizational Capital and Joining-Up: Linking the Individual to the Organization and to Society,” Human Relations, 51(6),1998, 825-846.
“Beyond the Machine Model of the Firm, Toward a Holistic Human Model,” Journal of Socio-Economics, 27(3), 1998, 323-340.
“Beyond Transaction Markets, Toward Relationship Marketing in the Human Firm: A Socio-Economic Model,” Journal of Socio-Economics, 27(2), 1998, 207-228.
“Good Habits and Bad Habits: A New Age Socio-Economic Model of Preference Formation,” Journal of Socio-Economics, 25(6), 1996, 619-638.
“Social and Organizational Capital,” in Encyclopedia of Political Economy. Phillip O'Hara. Ed., 1999.