Erik Wengström

Erik Wengström

Professor

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Research

My research covers a wide range of topics related to decision making, delving into the intricacies of how incentives, social concerns, and cognitive processes shape our choices. Recently, I have been investigating the impact of incentives on health behaviors, such as exercise habits and vaccination uptake, through randomized interventions and the use of administrative register data. Additionally, I am interested in understanding risk-taking and how it may differ when decisions are made on behalf of others.

Teaching

My main areas of teaching are microeconomics, behavioral economics, decision making and economic evaluation methods. My teaching portfolio is quite interdisciplinary, and I frequently give courses and guest lectures at other departments and faculties.

The aim of most of my teaching is to get students to learn how to make better decisions.  I strive to make students understand some of the underlying principles behind decision making and, in particular, how people’s motivation is shaped by the interaction of incentives, the choice environment and psychology. I believe in activating students and creating an open learning environment that promotes discussion and reflection.

My main teaching activities over the last years have been

Advanced Microeconomics -  a course in Microeconomics which is part of the Master in Economics programme. 

Understanding Management – a decision-making module which is part of the Master in Management programme. 

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

UKÄ subject classification

  • Economics

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