Shlomo Benartzi

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Shlomo Benartzi

Professor of Accounting and Co-Chair of the Behavioral Decision-Making Group, UCLA Anderson School of Management
University of California at Los Angeles

Shlomo Benartzi is a professor and co-chair of the Behavioral Decision-Making Group at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. As a behavioral economist, he combines insights from psychology and economics to solve societal problems. His current focus is online behavior, studying the ways in which people think differently on screens.

Benartzi has advised government agencies in the U.S. and abroad and has helped craft numerous legislative efforts. He also has worked with many financial institutions and currently serves as a senior academic advisor for the Voya Institute for Behavioral Finance Innovation. He earned his B.A. in economics from Tel-Aviv University and Ph.D. from Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Professional Achievements

  • Received the TIAA Paul A. Samuelson Award for “Save More Tomorrow: Using Behavioral Economics to Increase Employee Saving” (with Richard H. Thaler, Journal of Political Economy, February 2004).
  • Co-pioneered the Save More Tomorrow program (SMarT), a behavioral prescription designed to help employees increase their savings rates gradually over time.
  • Co-author of The Smarter Screen: Surprising Ways to Influence and Improve Online Behavior, published by Penguin Portfolio in 2015.


November 2015
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