Thorsten Hens

Adjunct Professor Thorsten Hens

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Behavioral Finance Portfolio Theory Financial Markets Financial Innovations


Thorsten Hens is a Swiss Finance Institute Professor of Financial Economics at the University of Zurich and Adjunct Professor of Finance at NHH. He was awarded his PhD (1992) and his habilitation (1996) at Bonn University. Before joining the University of Zurich in 1999, Hens held a professorship in Bielefeld, Germany and was a Visiting Professor at Paris and Stanford.

Hens has published more than fifty peer reviewed journal articles (among other in Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Review of Finance) and is the co-author of seven books on various topics in financial economics.

Hens's main research areas are behavioural and evolutionary finance. In his behavioural finance research he analyses the typical mistakes investors make and then develops tools to avoid them. In his evolutionary finance research he studies the interaction of investment strategies in order to determine properties for their long run survival.

Selected publications

Author(s) Title Publisher
Belkov, Sergei; Evstigneev, Igor V; Hens, Thorsten; Xu, Le Nash equilibrium strategies and survival portfolio rules in evolutionary models of asset markets Mathematics and Financial Economics; 2020
Hens, Thorsten; Schenk-Hoppe, Klaus Reiner; Woesthoff, Mathis-Hendrik Escaping the Backtesting Illusion Journal of Portfolio Management; 2019
Bradbury, Meike A.S.; Hens, Thorsten; Zeisberger, Stefan How persistent are the effects of experience sampling on investor behavior? Journal of Banking & Finance Volume 98; page 61 - 79; 2019
Hens, Thorsten; Lensberg, Terje; Schenk-Hoppe, Klaus Reiner Front-Running and Market Quality: An Evolutionary Perspective on High Frequency Trading International Review of Finance Volume 18 (4); page 727 - 741; 2018
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Thorsten Hens teaches the course “Behavioural Finance” at NHH.