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Welcome

I am a Sci­en­tia Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor in Finance at the Uni­ver­si­ty of New South Wales Busi­ness School. I study how indi­vid­u­als appre­hend finan­cial risks, by inves­ti­gat­ing both actu­al behav­ior and its neur­al bases. I use the knowl­edge and method­olog­i­cal tools of sev­er­al fields – chiefly exper­i­men­tal eco­nom­ics, finan­cial eco­nom­ics, and com­pu­ta­tion­al neu­ro­science – to bet­ter under­stand why mar­ket par­tic­i­pants behave the way they do. I do research and teach­ing in this area.

I am cur­rent­ly col­lab­o­rat­ing with researchers in Eco­nom­ics, Finance, Psy­chol­o­gy and Cog­ni­tive Neu­ro­science. I am teach­ing the Behav­ioral Finance course at the UNSW Busi­ness School from March 2011.

I obtained my PhD in Finance from the Swiss Finance Insti­tute at École Poly­tech­nique Fédérale de Lau­sanne de Lau­sanne in 2009. Pri­or to study­ing Finance at the SFI, I com­plet­ed the first part of my PhD at the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics, stud­ied eco­nom­ics at Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty, and was Vis­it­ing Asso­ciate at Cal­tech from 2010 to 2014. I also hold a diplo­ma of engi­neer sta­tis­ti­cian from the ENSAE, Paris, and grad­u­at­ed from the École Nor­male Supérieure de la rue d’Ulm in Paris. 

My research has been pub­lished in inter­na­tion­al peer-reviewed jour­nals includ­ing the Review of Finan­cial Stud­ies, Jour­nal of Finan­cial Eco­nom­ics, Nature — Sci­en­tif­ic reports, Neu­ron, and Cur­rent Biol­o­gy. I have done con­sult­ing work for finan­cial insti­tu­tions and served as an expert wit­ness in legal cas­es.

Please see my CV for more infor­ma­tion.

Research Areas

Behav­ioral Finance, Neu­ro­fi­nance, Exper­i­men­tal Eco­nom­ics / Finance

Opportunities for students

If you are a stu­dent and are inter­est­ed in writ­ing your the­sis in the area of experimental/behavioral finance, please feel free to get in touch with me by send­ing an email to elise@unsw.edu.au.

If you are a UNSW stu­dent and would like to par­tic­i­pate in research stud­ies and earn some extra spend­ing mon­ey, fol­low the instruc­tions on the UNSW Busi­ness School Exper­i­men­tal Research Lab­o­ra­to­ry web­site.