The University of Otago has appointed behavioural economist Associate Prof Nathan Berg as its new Dunedin City Council (DCC) Chair in Entrepreneurship.

The professorial chair was made possible by a $1million endowment to the university by the DCC, which was matched by government funding under its Partnerships for Excellence scheme.

Prof Berg, who has been with Otago’s department of economics since 2012, was selected for the position from an international pool of candidates and will take up the role, and the new title of professor, on October 1.

His research in the fields of behavioural economics, financial economics and entrepreneurial behaviour has helped cities attract new businesses and aided businesses in making key decisions by using their own data to guide innovation, expand their markets and create jobs.

Announcing the appointment, vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne said…

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