Sarah Swanke

LIFE Berlin

External LIFE Fellow since 2022, MPI for Human Development, Berlin

I am a pre-doctoral fellow at the Center for Adaptive Rationality at the MPIB in Berlin under the supervision of Gert Wagner and Ralph Hertwig. My research focuses on understanding where risk preferences come from. Currently, I am looking at how risk preferences develop across childhood. Prior to joining ARC, I earned a MSc in Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics. Before this, I completed a BSc in Biology at Boston College.


Dolan, P., Krekel, C., & Swanke, S. (2024). Affective paternalism. Behavioural Public Policy. Advance online publication.

Krekel, C., Swanke, S., De Neve, J.-E., & Fancourt, D. (2023). Happiness predicts compliance with preventive health behaviours during Covid‑19 lockdowns. Scientific Reports, 13, Article 7989.

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