Environment and Human Behaviour
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date   Tuesday, 2 October 2018
3.30pm – 5.30pm

Lecture followed by Q&A
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date   Ballroom 1, Level 3
The Westin Singapore
12 Marina View
Asia Square Tower 2
Singapore 018961 (Map)

    Dress code: Office attire

Economic theory argues that consumers and firms, as rational entities, respond to incentives. For example, if we want to conserve water or electricity, we can raise the price of these resources and achieve the desired goals. Whilst an incentive mechanism can go some ways to solve these problems, behavioural interventions like nudges and framing will achieve better outcomes. Using several examples in this talk, Professor Sumit Agarwal will showcase his work on behavioural interventions and consumer responses for achieving resource conservation.


About the Speaker

Sumit Agarwal is the Head of Finance Department at the National University of Singapore (NUS) Business School. He is also the Low Tuck Kwong Distinguished Professor at the School and Professor in the departments of Economics, Finance and Real Estate at NUS. Previously, he held positions as a Professor of Finance at Georgetown University, senior financial economist in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a senior vice president and credit risk management executive in the Small Business Risk Solutions Group of Bank of America.

Dr. Agarwal's research interests include issues relating to financial institutions, household finance, behavioural finance, international finance, real estate markets, urban economics and capital markets. He has published over eighty research articles in journals like the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Management Science, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking among others. Additionally, he has co-written a book titled Kiasunomics and co-edited a collected volume on Household Credit Usage: Personal Debt and Mortgages.

Dr. Agarwal has won various prestigious awards like the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Outstanding Researcher Award at NUS, the Paul Samuelson TIAA-CREF certificate of excellence, the Terker Family Prizes in Investment Research Award from the Wharton School of Business, the Glucksman Institute Research Award from New York University and grants from the Russell Sage Foundation and the NBER/Sloan Foundation.

Dr. Agarwal received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

About the Professorship

The Low Tuck Kwong Distinguished Professorship at NUS Business School is supported by a generous gift from Dato' Dr. Low Tuck Kwong, Founder and Chairman of Indonesia-based mining company PT Bayan Resources.

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