Thorsten Hens (born December 19, 1961) is a German economist and finance academic. According to , Hens is among the top 10 economics professors in the German-speaking area (Germany, Switzerland and Austria).


Hens is Swiss Finance Institute Professor of Financial Economics and director of the Swiss Banking Institute at the University of Zürich, Switzerland as well as a Fellow of Centre for Economic Policy Research and an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration in Bergen.

His research areas are—among others—behavioral finance and evolutionary finance. In researching how investors make their decisions, Professor Hens draws on work in Psychology and applies insights from Biology in order to understand the dynamics of financial markets.

His consulting experience includes application of Behavioral finance for Private Banking and evolutionary finance for asset management.

He studied at the University of Bonn and at DELTA in Paris and previously held professorships at Stanford University and at the University of Bielefeld.


  • Financial Economics: A concise Introduction to Classical and Behavioural Finance by Thorsten Hens and Marc O Rieger, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, Deutschland (2010)
  • Handbook of Financial Markets: Dynamics and Evolution by Thorsten Hens and Klaus Reiner Schenk-Hoppé, North Holland (2009), ISBN 978-0-12-374258-2
  • Grundzüge der analytischen Mikroökonomie by Thorsten Hens and Paolo Pamini, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, Deutschland (2008), ISBN 978-3-540-28157-3
  • Behavioral Finance for Private Banking by Thorsten Hens and Kremena Bachmann, Wiley Finance (2008), ISBN 978-0-470-77999-6
  • Grundzüge der analytischen Makroökonomie by Thorsten Hens and Carlo Strub, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, Deutschland (2004), ISBN 3-540-20082-7
  • General Equilibrium Foundations of Finance by Thorstens Hens and Beate Pilgrim, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, the Netherlands (2003)