UCL Department of Economics


Economics Alumni Event:  Behavioural Economics & Financial Markets

Thursday 4 March, 6pm-8pm, UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre

Historically, economists have worked within the paradigm of "fully rational economic decision making".  In recent years many findings from psychology, experimental economics and, most recently, neuroeconomics have challenged this. "Behavioural economics", originally associated with a specific brand of psychology and economics, has now become the general term for this research field. 

Join us to hear our panel discussion on how behavioural economics has contributed to better economic and financial decision making

Steffen Huck is Head of UCL's Department of Economics where he has held a Chair since 2003. The recipient of a 2004 Philip Leverhulme Prize, his research has investigated the role of trust and fairness for competition as well as issues in bounded rationality and consumer behaviour. He serves on the editorial boards of two of the major general interest journals in economics and all three top field journals relevant for experimental economics. He has also been working as a consultant for government bodies including the Financial Services Authority (FSA), the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Office of Communications (Ofcom).

Cyrus Ardalan (BSc Economics 1972) is Vice Chairman of Barclays Capital and overseas the banks activities with the public sector throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His professional background also includes work for the World Bank as an economist and a division chief in the treasury and subsequently a career in investment banking at Chemical Bank and BNP Paribas.

Antonio Guarino is a Reader in Economics and a Research Fellow of the ELSE Centre, which he joined in 2002. He holds BA in Economics from LUISS University, an MSc in Economics from Bocconi University, a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Milan and a PhD in Economics from New York University. His research interests are in Financial Economics, Economic Theory and Experimental Economics. He has studied phenomena of social learning and herding behaviour in financial markets, publishing various articles in leading international scientific journals.

Russell Chambers (LLB Laws 1983) is a Senior Advisor of Credit Suisse, based in London.  Prior to his current role, Mr. Chambers was the Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse, a Managing Director in UK Investment Banking at UBS and spent over thirteen years in a number of senior roles at Merrill Lynch.