SOAS University of London

School of Finance and Management

Paul Webley, CBE

BSc, PhD (London), FAcSS
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Paul Webley
School of Finance and Management

Professor of Economic Psychology and Director Emeritus

Professor Paul Webley, CBE
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SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
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Professor Paul Webley passed away on 2 March 2016.

Professor Paul Webley took office as Director and Principal of SOAS in August 2006 and continued in the role until September 2015. Previously, he served as Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter, UK.

Professor Webley’s undergraduate and postgraduate education was at the London School of Economics. Following a short term at the University of Southampton, he moved to the institution that was to become his academic and professional home for 26 years, the University of Exeter. At Exeter he held several senior positions including Head of the Department of Psychology, Head of the School of Psychology and, latterly, Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

He was a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economic Psychology and former President of the International Association for Research in Economic Psychology.  His research has examined the contribution that psychology can make to our understanding of problems that have traditionally been seen as the concern solely of economics. He has co-authored 10 books, contributed chapters to a further 65 and has written over 75 scholarly articles on a wide range of topics at the intersection of economics and psychology.

Paul Webley's podcast exploring the links between teaching and research

Professor Webley was married, with 3 children, and divided his time between his family home in Exeter and London. His idea of an ideal day was a walk in the hills followed by good food in the company of friends and family.

Professor Paul Webley was awarded a CBE for Services to Higher Education in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list, published on Tuesday 30 December 2014.


Authored Books

Webley, Paul and Burgoyne, Carole and Lea, Stephen and Young, Brian (2009) 라이프 심리학 = The Economic Psychology of Everyday Life. Seoul: Da-San-Books.


Ashbullby, Katherine A. and Pahl, Sabine and Webley, Paul and White, Matthew P. (2013) 'The beach as a setting for families’ health promotion: A qualitative study with parents and children living in coastal regions in Southwest England'. Health & Place, (23), pp 138-147.

Webley, Paul and Nyhus, Ellen (2013) 'Economic socialization, saving and assets in European young adults'. Economics of Education Review, (33), pp 19-30.

Nyhus, Ellen K and Webley, Paul (2013) 'The relationship between parenting and the economic behavior and orientation of Norwegian Adolescents'. Journal of Genetic Psychology, (174) 6, pp 620-641.

Halik, M. H. and Webley, Paul (2011) 'Adolescents’ understanding of poverty and the poor in rural Malaysia'. Journal of Economic Psychology, (32) 2, pp 231-239.

Ashby, Julie and Schoon, Ingrid and Webley, Paul (2011) 'Save now save later? Linkages between saving behaviour in adolescence and adulthood'. European Psychologist, (16) 3, pp 227-237.

Ashby, J and Webley, P (2010) 'Exploring the existence of distinct occupational taxpaying cultures in Australia..'. Australian Tax Forum, (25) 1, pp 29-55.

Ashby, J.S. and Webley, Paul and Haslam, S.A. (2009) 'The role of occupational taxpaying cultures in taxpaying behaviour and attitudes'. Journal of Economic Psychology, (30) 2, pp 216-227.

Ashby, J. S. and Haslam, S. A. and Webley, Paul (2009) 'The distinct role of group-central and group-peripheral norms in taxpaying behaviour'. Journal of Socio-Economics, (38) 2, pp 230-237.

Kirchler, Erich and Mühlbacher, Stephan and Hölzl, Erik and Webley, Paul (2009) 'Effort and aspirations in tax evasion: experimental evidence'. Applied Psychology: An International Review, (58) 3, pp 488-507.

Ashby, J S and Webley, Paul (2008) 'But everyone else is doing it: A closer look at the occupational taxpaying culture of one business sector'. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, (18) 3, pp 194-210.

Newson, L and Postmes, T and Lea, S.E.G. and Webley, Paul and Richerson, P.J. and Mcelreath, R. (2007) 'Influences on communication about reproduction: the cultural evolution of low fertility'. Evolution and human behaviour, (28) 3, pp 199-210.

Rabinovich, Anna and Webley, Paul (2007) 'Filling the gap between planning and doing: psychological factors involved in the successful implementation of saving intention'. Journal of Economic Psychology, (28) 4, pp 444-461.

Lea, Stephen E.G. and Webley, Paul (2006) 'Money as Tool, Money as Drug: The Biological Psychology of a Strong Incentive'. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, (29) 2, pp 161-209.

Webley, Paul and Nyhus, Ellen (2001) 'Life-Cycle and Dispositional Routes into Problem Debt'. British Journal of Psychology, (92) 3, pp 423-446.

Webley, Paul and Cole, M. and Eidjar, -P. (2001) 'The Prediction of Self-Reported and Hypothetical Tax-Evasion: Evidence from England, France and Norway'. Journal of Economic Psychology, (22) 2, pp 141-155.

Webley, Paul and Lewis, A. and Mackenzie, C. (2001) 'Commitment among Ethical Investors: An Experimental Approach'. Journal of Economic Psychology, (22) 1, pp 27-42.

Book Chapters

Lea, S.E.G. and Webley, Paul (2014) 'Money: Metaphors and Motives'. In: Bijleveld, Erik and Aarts, Henk, (eds.), The Psychological Science of Money. New York: Springer, pp 21 -35.

Webley, Paul (2013) 'Economic psychology, sustainability and climate change. '. In: Ruiter, Stijn and Bernasco, Wim and Huisman, Wim and Bruiinsma, Gerben, (eds.), Eenvoud en Verscheidenheid [SImplicity and Diversity]. Amsterdam: NSCR, pp 23-35.

Webley, Paul and Ashby, Julie (2010) 'The economic psychology of value added tax compliance'. In: Alm, J and Martinez-Vazquez, J and Torgler, B, (eds.), Developing Alternative Frameworks for Explaining Tax Compliance. Abingdon: Routledge.

Webley, Paul and Nyhus, Ellen (2007) 'Inter-temporal choice and self-control; saving and borrowing'. In: Lewis, Alan, (ed.), Cambridge Handbook of Psychology and Economic Behaviour. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 105-131.


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