Prof. Dr. Alexander F. Wagner

Associate Professor of Finance
Faculty Member, Swiss Finance Institute
PLM-H 317, Plattenstr. 14, 8032 Zürich
+41 44 634 39 63
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Spotlight on research on communication, deception, honesty, and protected values in financial markets:

  • My TEDx talk summarizes some basic ideas of this work for a general audience.
  • In Gibson, Tanner and Wagner (AER 2013), we introduce the protected values scale in economics (drawing on work in psychology) and show that people with stronger protected values resist incentives to lie.  The protected values scale used for the task at hand is here.
  • This paper shows that social norm-based interventions work --- but that different people react very differently.
  • We find that trade-off resistance is also reflected in brain activity. 
  • This study shows that investors may take CEOs' values into account when making investment choices, but this depends on investors' own values.
  • Investors process managerial tone, but have a hard time processing vague talk.

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2005: Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government, Harvard University
2001: Ph.D. in Economics, University of Linz
2000: Mag. iur. (J.D./LL.M.) in Law, University of Linz
1998: Mag. rer. soc. oec. (B.A./M.A.) in Economics, University of Linz

Research Interests

  • Corporate and public governance
  • Corporate finance
  • Political economy
  • Law, finance, and regulation


  • Corporate finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Contract economics

Executive Teaching

  • Corporate finance and financial management

Other professional activities

  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees, SWIPRA
  • Independent Counsel, PricewaterhouseCoopers