Carlos Alós-Ferrer has been appointed NOMIS Professor for Decision and Neuroeconomic Theory at the University of Zurich (UZH) in Switzerland. He is an economist who, prior to joining UZH, was professor of microeconomics at the University of Cologne, Germany, and the speaker of the interdisciplinary research unit “Psychoeconomics,” funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). He studied mathematics at the University of Valencia, Spain, and received his PhD in Economics at the University of Alicante, Spain, in 1998.
Alós-Ferrer has conducted research on game theory and mathematical economics, and has a strong interest in neuroeconomics (also known as psychoeconomics), the interdisciplinary field that combines psychology, economics and neuroscience to study human decision making.
The goal of neuroeconomics is to provide a foundation for the study of underlying neural processes of decision-making within today’s economic environment. Essential to the further progress of this field is the construction of empirically informed, testable models that connect the level of neural and mental processes underlying decision-making with the descriptive models of choice that characterize modern economics. Through this professorship, Alós-Ferrer will draw on the collaborative, interdisciplinary expertise at UZH to develop viable models with the potential to have a significant impact on the field of neuroeconomics.