Born on May 4, 1941 (in Basel, Switzerland)
Citizenship: Swiss


1964: Lic. rerum politicarum (Master in Economics), University of Basel, Switzerland
1965: Doctor rerum politicarum (Ph.D. in Economics)
1969: Habilitation



Current Occupations:

Since 2015: Permanent Visiting Professor, University of Basel, Switzerland
Since 2004: Research Director, CREMA - Center for Research in Economics,
Management and the Arts, Zurich, Switzerland

Previous Occupations:

2012-2015: Visiting Professor, Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen, DE
2010-2013: Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Science,
Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick, UK
1977-2012: Full Professor of Economics, University of Zurich, CH
2007-2009: Visiting Professor ETH-Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), CH
1993-2006, 2010: Guest Professor, University of St. Gallen, CH
1969-2010: Associate Professor of Economics, University of Basel, CH
1993-1998: Visiting Professor, Master of Business Administration
Program, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, F
1970-1977: Full Professor of Economics, University of Constance, DE

Important Stays Abroad:

Nov. 2003 and Mar. 2004: Distinguished Visitor, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD), London School of Economics
Nov. - Dec. 2002: First Jelle Zijlstra Professorial Fellow, The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (NIAS), Wassenaar, The Netherlands
1990: Visiting Research Professor of Business Economics, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago
1984/85: Fellow, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin (Institute for Advanced Studies)
1983: Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford University

Major Awards:

Honorary Doctorate of Economics, University of Innsbruck (Austria), 2011
Honorary Doctorate of Economics, University of Aix-en-Provence/Marseille (France), 2010
Honorary Doctorate of Economics, Free University of Brussels (Belgium), 2009
Honorary Doctorate of Economics, University of Göteborg (Sweden), 1998
Honorary Doctorate of Economics, University of St. Gallen (Switzerland), 1998

Activities and Memberships:

Since 2015: Honorary Editor of Kyklos (
1969-2014: Managing Editor of Kyklos
Since 2013: Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Roman Herzog Institute, Munich, Germany
Since 2012: Member of the International Expert Working Group on Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm by appointment of the King of Bhutan
Since 2007: Member of the Governing Board of the University of Lucerne, Switzerland
in addition, a great number of Memberships on diverse Editorial Boards;
see Professor Frey's Homepage for a more comprehensive list.