Professor Richard Thaler’s Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in behavioral economics is also a Nobel Prize for retirement savers—for the millions of individuals helped by his ideas and as a result on their way to a better financial future.
Mr. Utkus is principal and director of the Vanguard Center for Investor Research. The Center conducts and sponsors research on investor behavior and decision-making. It also works to apply behavioral insights to real-world settings. The Center’s scope includes individual investors (whether direct, advised, or in defined contribution plans), and institutional investors. The Center’s work will be of interest to investors, advisors, consultants, employers, media, the research community, and policymakers. Mr. Utkus’s personal research interests include retirement economics, behavioral finance, and the role of psychology in household financial decisions. He earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the advisory board of the Wharton Pension Research Council, is currently a visiting scholar at Wharton, and is a member of the board of trustees of the Employee Benefit Research Institute in Washington, D.C.