Prof. Sandro Ambühl

UBS Foundation Assistant Professor for Behavioral Economics of Financial Markets

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Sandro Ambühl obtained his PhD in economics from Stanford University in 2016. He joins the UBS Center from his previous position as Assistant Professor of Economics at the Department of Management of the University of Toronto Scarborough. One focus of Sandro's research studies how to help people make good financial decisions. His other strand of research concerns policies for the exchange of goods about which people have strong ethical intuitions, as is the case, for example, with living organ donation, or when incentive systems place a price on the natural environment. He addresses these questions using a combination of controlled experiments and economic theory. In 2017 he was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant “Using Behavioral Welfare Economics to Improve Financial Decision Making”. Since 2018 he is a team member of the ERC advanced grant “Economic Engineering of Cooperation in Modern Markets”.

Interests

Financial Markets, Behavioral Economics, Economic Theory

UBS Foundation Assistant Professor for Behavioral Economics of Financial Markets

Prof. Sandro Ambühl

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Sandro Ambühl obtained his PhD in economics from Stanford University in 2016. He joins the UBS Center from his previous position as Assistant Professor of Economics at the Department of Management of the University of Toronto Scarborough. One focus of Sandro's research studies how to help people make good financial decisions. His other strand of research concerns policies for the exchange of goods about which people have strong ethical intuitions, as is the case, for example, with living organ donation, or when incentive systems place a price on the natural environment. He addresses these questions using a combination of controlled experiments and economic theory. In 2017 he was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant “Using Behavioral Welfare Economics to Improve Financial Decision Making”. Since 2018 he is a team member of the ERC advanced grant “Economic Engineering of Cooperation in Modern Markets”.

Interests

Financial Markets, Behavioral Economics, Economic Theory

Selected publications

  • Ambuehl, Sandro, B. Douglas Bernheim, and Axel Ockenfels. 2021. What Motivates Paternalism? An Experimental Study. American Economic Review, 111 (3): 787-830.

  • Belief Updating and the Demand for Information with Shengwu Li Games and Economic Behavior 2018, 109: 21-39. read

  • The Ethics of Incentivizing the Uninformed: A Vignette Study with Axel Ockenfels American Economic Review Vol. 107, No. 5, May 2017 download

  • More Money, More Problems? Can High Pay Be Coercive and Repugnant? with Muriel Niederle and Alvin E. Roth American Economic Review Vol. 105, No. 5, May 2015 download

Research

One focus of Sandro Ambühl's research studies how to help people make good financial decisions. His other strand of research concerns policies for the exchange of goods about which people have strong ethical intuitions, as is the case, for example, with living organ donation, or when incentive systems place a price on the natural environment. He addresses these questions using a combination of controlled experiments and economic theory. Sandro Ambühl's research has been featured in the popular press, including the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

One focus of Sandro Ambühl's research studies how to help people make good financial decisions. His other strand of research concerns policies for the exchange of goods about which people have strong ethical intuitions, as is the case, for example, with living organ donation, or when incentive systems place a price on the natural environment. He addresses these questions using a combination of controlled experiments and economic theory. Sandro Ambühl's research has been featured in the popular press, including the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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Videos

In the media

  • „Wir brauchen eine Gefahrenzulage für Testpersonen“ WirtschaftsWoche Interview mit Sandro Ambühl vom 16.11.2020 lesen

  • For the best financial advice, ask somebody as uninformed as you The Star of 7.12.2018 read

  • Die Vorteile einer Entscheidungspflicht bei der Organspende Frankfurter Allgemeine vom 2.11.2018 lesen

  • Ein Angebot, das du nicht ablehnen kannst Frankfurter Allgemeine vom 3.1.2016 lesen

Quotes

People are more different than we think. If political interventions, e.g. the introduction of a sugar tax or debt restrictions, are based on personal intuition instead of objective data, we will be systematically wrong.
Empirische Studien haben gezeigt, dass potenzielle Teilnehmer davon ausgehen, dass Tests mit höherem Risiko entsprechend besser bezahlt sind.
WirtschaftsWoche, 16.11.2020
An important focus of my research is the quality of individual decision-making behavior, especially when it comes to financial decisions. The literature shows that not only do many people lack basic knowledge, but they often make decisions that turn out to be very costly.

Interviews and features

2020

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Support Staff

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Corsin Hohl

Office hours:

Monday , Wednesday afternoon

Address

University of Zurich

Department of Economics, Blümlisalpstr. 10, 8006 Zürich
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