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).
His research interests are in applied microeconometrics, behavioural economics, labour economics, health economics, experimental economics, and happiness.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2010.