Academic Profile : Faculty

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Nick Powdthavee
Professor, School of Social Sciences
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Nattavudh (Nick) Powdthavee is a Professor of Economics at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Prior to joining NTU in 2022, he held a position as a Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School, a joint position as a Professorial Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research and as a Principal Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. His doctorate, which he obtained in 2006 from the University of Warwick under the guidance of Professor Andrew Oswald, was on the economics of happiness. His research articles on happiness and behavioural economics can be found in Economica, the Review of Economics & Statistics, Journal of Public Economics, Economic Journal, Journal of Health Economics, Social Science & Medicine, and Journal of Economic Psychology. He is also the author of The Happiness Equation: The Surprising Economics of Our Most Valuable Asset (Icon Book, UK) and a co-author of The Origins of Happiness: The Science of Well-Being over the Life-course (Princeton University Press).
Applied microeconometrics, behavioural economics, quantitative social sciences, economics of mental health and well-being.
  • Causes and Consequences of Heterogeneity in Inequality, Fairness, and Perceived Social Justice: Theory and Evidence
  • Model Minority Myths in Action: An Experimental Investigation on Positive and Negative Discriminations Against Asian Americans
Lawrence R. Klein award for the best paper published in Empirical Economics, 2012/2013.
Fellowships & Other Recognition
Research Fellowship, International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS)
IZA Research Fellow
Courses Taught
HE3125: Economics of Mental Health and Well-Being
HE3034: Economics of Education
Supervision of PhD Students
Eugene Or
Xiaojie Zhang