Using both aggregate and individual level data, this thesis analyzes human behavior and preferences in economics across three distinct, but nevertheless related, essays. In particular, the first essay investigates investment behavior in the context of the Australian pension fund industry. The second essay then examines a set of preferences - which have been hypothesized to determine investment behavior, as well as a wide variety of other important decisions that individuals make - following the 2008 Financial Crisis, before turning to explore the preferences of people after the 2009 Black Saturday Fires in Victoria, Australia, in the third and final essay.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||9 Nov 2020|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2020|