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Sandro Ambuehl

Sandro Ambuehl

Assistant Professor (UTSC) in Economic Analysis and Policy


PhD expected in Economics, Stanford University
B.Sc. in Mathematics , University of Zurich
Licentiate in Economics, University of Zurich


Sandro Ambuehl is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough, with a cross-appointment to the Business Economics area at Rotman. One of his interests concerns designing policies for the exchange of goods about which people have strong ethical intuitions, as is the case, for example, with living organ donation, or when incentive systems place a price on the natural environment. In another line of research, he studies what policies help people make good financial decisions. He addresses these questions using a combination of controlled experiments and economic theory. His research has been featured in the popular press, including the Washington Post, the Financial Times, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. 

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Research and Teaching Interests

Experimental and behavioral economics, market design, household finance, ethics and economics

Honors and Awards

  • 2018

    European Research Council, Team member on Engineering Economic Cooperation (team leader Axel Ockenfels),

  • 2017

    Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, To study the behavioral economics of how nudges affect financial decision making. Together with B.D. Bernheim. USD 474,606,

  • 2017

    Connaught New Researcher Award, CAD 35,000, University of Toronto

  • 2016

    Wynne and Beril Plumptre Faculty Research Fellowship, CAD 9,000, University of Toronto Scarborough

  • 2015

    Financial Education, Financial Competence, and Consumer Welfare. Together with B.D. Bernheim and Annamaria Lusardi, USD 107,567, TIAA-CREF

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