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Department of Finance Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hens

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Hens

Even after 40 years of research, financial markets still fascinate me. But since markets are very dynamic and rigorous research takes time, I am not sure whether the gap between the markets and our understanding is closing or widening.

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Thorsten Hens is a Swiss Finance Institute Professor of Financial Economics at the University of Zurich and Adjunct Professor of Finance at University of Lucerne, Switzerland as well as at the Norwegian School of Economics, NHH, in Bergen. He studied at Bonn and Paris and previously was professor in Bielefeld and taught at Stanford University. His main research areas are behavioural finance with applications to wealth management and evolutionary finance with applications to asset management. Thorsten Hens has published more than eighty peer-reviewed journal articles, and is the co-author of more than ten books. Moreover, he is one of the founders of the UZH-HSG-Spin Off Company Behavioral Finance Solutions, the Swiss Fintec Innovations Association and the UZH Blockchain Center. Thorsten Hens holds mandates in pension funds, insurance companies and banks and he is a regular speaker at practitioner conferences.

Research interests

Evolutionary Finance, Behavioral Finance, Fintech, Blockchain, Sustainable Finance