|Born||October 31, 1950|
|Spouse(s)||Ellen Gregory Robb|
|Alma mater||Hebrew University of Jerusalem|
University of California, Los Angeles
|Information at IDEAS / RePEc|
Robb received his Bachelor's degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He went on to obtain a Ph.D. in economics at UCLA. Robb joined the University of Pennsylvania faculty in 1984, and was a tenured professor at the time of his arrest in 2007.
Robb specialized in game theory, a mathematical discipline used to analyze political, economic, and military strategies. He has published numerous papers on game theory and other economic topics with scholars from Greece, Israel, Japan, and the US. In most of the papers, his family name is spelled as "Rob". He is also a fellow of the Econometric Society, one of the highest honors in economics.
Killing of wife
Robb pleaded guilty in November 2007 to voluntary manslaughter in the high-profile death of his wife, Ellen Gregory Robb. She had been bludgeoned to death. Her death occurred during a December 22, 2006, argument over the couple's divorce and the plans for their home in Upper Merion Township, Pennsylvania.
Robb pleaded guilty to manslaughter on November 26, 2007, and resigned from the university. Robb was sentenced on November 19, 2008, to a 10-year prison term, though the prosecutor asked for a sentence of 10 to 20 years. He sought parole after five years, as allowed by his sentence. The state board initially approved, and then rescinded, the request.
Following Robb's guilty plea, Ellen Gregory Robb's family brought a civil wrongful death suit against him on his daughter's behalf. In 2014, Robb was ordered to pay $124.26 million in compensatory and punitive damages to his deceased wife's estate, of which the sole beneficiary is his daughter. Robb then made an appeal to reduce this to $100 million, claiming that some of the evidence presented against him during the civil trial should not have been permitted as it unfairly influenced jurors against him.
Near the end of his prison sentence, Robb also requested access to frozen assets in order to pay for living expenses. Upon his release, he formally withdrew this plea.
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