Associate Professor | Risk and Insurance
Leslie P. Schultz Professor in Risk Management and Insurance
5284B Grainger Hall
(608) 263-2138

Biography

Justin Sydnor is the Leslie P. Schultz Professor in Risk Management and Insurance and 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.

Research

Selected Published Journal Articles

Yao, Y. & Sydnor, J. & Schmit, J. (2017). The Role of Pregnancy in Micro Health Insurance: Evidence of Adverse Selection from Pakistan Journal of Risk and Insurance

Bhargava, S. & Loewenstein, G. & Sydnor, J. (2017). Choose to Lose: Health Plan Choices From a Menu With Dominated Options Quarterly Journal of Economics

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

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

Lacetera, N. & Pope, D. & Sydnor, J. (2012). Heuristic Thinking and Limited Attention in the Car Market American Economic Review

Pope, D. & Sydnor, J. (2011). Implementing Anti-discrimination Policies in Statistical Profiling Models American Economic Journal: Economic Policy

Garbarino, E. & Slonim, R. & Sydnor, J. (2011). Digit Ratios (2D:4D) Predict Risk Taking for Men and Women Journal of Risk and Uncertainty

Pope, D. & Sydnor, J. (2011). What's in a Picture? Evidence of Discrimination from Prosper.com Journal of Human Resources

Sydnor, J. (2010). (Over)Insuring Modest Risks American Economic Journal: Applied Economics

Wharton, D. & Sydnor, J. (2010). Geographic Variation in the Gender Differences in Test Scores Journal of Economic Perspectives

Selected Submitted Journal Articles

Liu, C. & Sydnor, J. (2018). Dominated Options in Health-Insurance Plans American Economic Journal: Economic Policy

Teaching

Undergraduate Courses

Risk Analytics and Behavioral Science (RMI 660), Spring 2016. Download Syllabus
This 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

Risk Analytics and Behavioral Science (RMI 660), Spring 2016. Download Syllabus
This 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

Property Risk Management (RMI 610), Spring 2011.
Comprehensive 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

Property Risk Management (RMI 610), Fall 2011. Download Syllabus
Comprehensive 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

Graduate Courses

Seminar in Actuarial Science, Risk Management and Insurance (RMI 920), Spring 2011.
Doctoral 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.

Adv Topics in Risk Management (RMI 820), Fall 2010.
Examination 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.

Principles of Risk Management (RMI 700), Fall 2011. Download Syllabus
Background 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.