Department of Banking and Finance

Thorsten Hens (born December 19, 1961) is a Swiss economist and finance academic born in Germany. According to the Handelsblatt ranking, measured by life-time achievement, Hens is among the top 20 economics professors in the German-speaking area (Germany, Switzerland and Austria). Hens is Swiss Finance Institute Professor of Financial Economics and member of the directorate of the Department of Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen and a permanent guest Professor at the University of Lucerne.

His research areas are—among others—evolutionary and behavioural finance. In researching how investors make their decisions, Professor Hens draws on work in psychology and applies insights from biology to understand the dynamics of financial markets. He was one of the pioneers of evolutionary finance and cultural finance, where he conducted the first large-scale international test on risk and time attitudes (INTRA).

His consulting experience includes the application of behavioural finance for Private Banking and evolutionary finance for asset management. He studied at the University of Bonn and DELTA in Paris and previously held positions at Stanford University and the University of Bielefeld.