Wisconsin School of Business

Justin Sydnor

Associate Professor - Risk and Insurance

Justin Sydnor is an associate professor in the Department of Risk and Insurance at the Wisconsin School of Business.

He joined the Wisconsin School of Business from Case Western Reserve University, where he was an assistant professor of economics with the Weatherhead School of Management.

His research interests are in psychology and economics, applied microeconomics, (behavioral) industrial organization, insurance markets, and risk and decision making.

Sydnor earned his B.A. in economics and German from UW-Madison and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
 

Selected Accepted Journal Articles


Yao, Y. & Sydnor, J. & Schmit, J. (2015). Role of Pregnancy in Micro Health Insurance. Journal of Risk and Insurance

Selected Published Journal Articles


Royer, H. & Stehr, M. & Sydnor, J. (2015). Incentives, Commitments and Habit Formation in Exercise: Evidence from a Field Experiment with Workers at a Fortune-500 Company. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (7), 51-84.
Busse, M. & Lacetera, N. & Pope, D. & Silva-Risso, J. & Sydnor, J. (2013). Estimating the Effect of Salience in Wholesale and Retail Car Markets. American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings (103), 575-579. doi: 10.1257/aer.103.3.575.
Lacetera, N. & Pope, D. & Sydnor, J. (2012). Heuristic Thinking and Limited Attention in the Car Market. American Economic Review (102), 2206-2236. doi: 10.1257/aer.102.5.2206.
Pope, D. & Sydnor, J. (2011). Implementing Anti-discrimination Policies in Statistical Profiling Models. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (3), 206-231. doi: 10.1257/pol.3.3.206.
Garbarino, E. & Slonim, R. & Sydnor, J. (2011). Digit Ratios (2D:4D) Predict Risk Taking for Men and Women. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty (42), 1-26. doi: 10.1007/s11166-010-9109-6.
Pope, D. & Sydnor, J. (2011). What's in a Picture? Evidence of Discrimination from Prosper.com. Journal of Human Resources (46), 53-92.
Sydnor, J. (2010). (Over)Insuring Modest Risks. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (2), 177-199. doi: 10.1257/app.2.4.177.
Wharton, D. & Sydnor, J. (2010). Geographic Variation in the Gender Differences in Test Scores. Journal of Economic Perspectives (24), 95-108. doi: 10.1257/jep.24.2.95.

Presentations


Annual Seminar ( 2014 ) Adverse Selection in Emerging Health Insurance Markets: Evidence from Microinsurance in Pakistan

American Economic Association Annual Meeting ( 2013 ) Estimating the Effect of Salience in Wholesale and Retail Car Markets

Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management ( 2012 ) The Difference a Day (Doesn't) Make: Does Longer Time to Repay Reduce Payday Loan Rollovers?

Carnegie Mellon University Department of Social and Decision Sciences Seminar ( 2012 ) The Difference a Day (Doesn't) Make: Does Longer Time to Repay Reduce Payday Loan Rollovers?

Institute for Research on Poverty Series ( 2012 ) Behavioral Economics Insights for Research on Poverty

Boulder Summer Conference on Consumer Financial Decision Making ( 2012 ) Home Purchase and Consumer Finances

Workshop on Natural Experiments and Controlled Field Studies ( 2012 ) Would you Buy a Honda Made in the U.S.?

Center for Financial Security Workshop ( 2012 ) The Difference a Day (Doesn't) Make: Does Longer Time To Repay Reduce Payday Loan Rollovers?

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ( 2012 ) The Difference a Day (Doesn't) Make: Does Longer Time to Repay Reduce Payday Loan Rollovers?

Federal Trade Commission ( 2012 ) Heuristic Thinking and Limited Attention in Car Markets

University of Arkansas Economics Department ( 2012 ) Incentives, Commitments and Habit Formation for Exercise

Cornell Behavioral Economics Seminar ( 2011 ) Incentives and Commitments for Exercise

American Risk and Insurance Association Annual Meeting ( 2011 ) Advantageous or Adverse Selection in Emerging Health Insurance Markets: Evidence from a Micro Health Insurance Program in Pakistan

NBER Summer Institute Health Economics Meeting ( 2011 ) Incentives and Commitments for Exercise

Management and Microeconomics Seminar ( 2011 ) (Over)Insuring Modest Risk

Workshop on Natural Experiments and Controlled Field Studies ( 2011 ) Incentives and Commitments for Exercise

Behavioral Economics Annual Meeting ( 2011 ) Incentives and Commitments for Exercise

American Economic Association Annual Meeting ( 2011 ) Incentives, Commitments and Habit Formation in Exercise

American Economic Association Annual Meeting ( 2011 ) Understanding the Choices of Check-Cashing Customers

Department of Social and Decision Sciences Seminar ( 2010 ) Incentives, Commitments and Habit Formation in Exercise

NBER Summer Institute, Labor Studies Session ( 2010 ) Heurisitic Thinking and Limited Attention in the Car Market

Conference on Biases in Markets ( 2010 ) Heurisitic Thinking and Limited Attention in the Car Market

Behavioral Economics Annual Meeting ( 2010 ) Heurisitic Thinking and Limited Attention in the Car Market

ASRMI Department Seminar ( 2010 ) (Over)Insuring Modest Risks


Undergraduate Courses


Risk Analytics and Behavioral Science
Course DescriptionThis course aims to enhance students' ability to navigate uncertainty. The course provides an overview about what we know about the challenges people face in situations with risk and uncertainty. We will use that knowledge to help students identify decisi
(RMI 660 Section 002), Spring 2016. Download Syllabus

Risk Analytics and Behavioral Science
Course DescriptionThis course aims to enhance students' ability to navigate uncertainty. The course provides an overview about what we know about the challenges people face in situations with risk and uncertainty. We will use that knowledge to help students identify decisi
(RMI 660 Section 003), Spring 2016. Download Syllabus

Property Risk Management
Course DescriptionComprehensive analysis of loss control and transfer techniques (including insurance), risk management concepts, loss adjustment and underwriting problems, and profitability/regulatory issues concerning the insurance industry. Current topics: large-scale c
(RMI 610 Section 1), Spring 2011.

Property Risk Management
Course DescriptionComprehensive analysis of loss control and transfer techniques (including insurance), risk management concepts, loss adjustment and underwriting problems, and profitability/regulatory issues concerning the insurance industry. Current topics: large-scale c
(RMI 610 Section 1), Fall 2011. Download Syllabus



Graduate Courses


Seminar in Actuarial Science, Risk Management and Insurance
Course DescriptionDoctoral seminar in actuarial science, risk management and insurance with emphasis on developing an appreciation of existing literature and appropriate skills to conduct own scholarly work in the field.
(RMI 920), Spring 2011.

Adv Topics in Risk Management
Course DescriptionExamination of data collection and analysis methods for risk management decisions. Analysis of qualitative and quantitative data to support transfer, retention, and loss control decisions, including loss trending, and evaluation of regulatory controls.
(RMI 820 Section 1), Fall 2010.

Principles of Risk Management
Course DescriptionBackground for advanced work in insurance. Nature of risk, principal techniques of risk management, and the bases for decision making in management of business and personal risks.
(RMI 700 Section 1), Fall 2011. Download Syllabus



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Justin Sydnor

 
Associate Professor | Risk and Insurance
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