Acting Faculty Director (2015/2016 Academic Year) &
Associate Director of Research, Center for Financial Security
Associate Professor, Actuarial Science, Risk Management & Insurance
Wisconsin School of Business
University of Wisconsin-Madison
In addition to my roles as Acting Faculty Director and Associate Director of Research with the Center for Financial Security, I am an associate professor in the Department of Actuarial Science, Rise Management, and Insurance the Wisconsin School of Business. Prior to coming to UW, I was an assistant professor of economics with Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. I am an applied microeconomist specializing in behavioral economics. My interests are wide-ranging and eclectic and include the study of risk aversion and insurance choices, discrimination, and issues surrounding self-control and commitment. My B.A. is in economics and German from UW-Madison and my Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Areas of Research Interest:
Psychology and Economics, Applied Microeconomics, (Behavioral) Industrial Organization, Insurance Markets, and Risk and Decision Making
The intersection of health and finance is an increasingly linked area of study that continues to gain traction in research and policy. Collaboration and discussion across disciplines and sectors of health and financial well-being are fundamental to the progress of these fields.
On June 1, 2016, the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin‐Madison, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, hosted a Health and Finances Research Workshop to convene faculty and researchers across UW-Madison and the Center for Financial Security and related centers on campus to explore existing research and to foster future research ideas. CFS initiated this effort to discover innovative research opportunities as well as nurture this growing community of scholars committed to building the field of health and finance research.
Date: April 26, 2016
Description: Health insurance is an area of growing complexity that affects almost everyone. The financial ramifications of accessing, choosing, and using health insurance can be significant for all populations, especially for vulnerable groups who may be obtaining coverage for the first time.
Date: April 21, 2015
Description: The Center for Financial Security hosted a Twitter chat for Money Smart Week.
Date: February 14, 2012
Description: Justin Sydnor presented a webinar entitled Family Financial Security Webinar Series: Payday Lending as part of the Family Financial Security Webinar Series.