Sally Sadoff

Curriculum Vitae


Contact Information

Rady School of Management
Wells Fargo Hall, Room 4W121
9500 Gilman Drive #0553
La Jolla, CA 92093-0553
Phone: 858.822.7456­
Fax: 858.534.0745­

Research Areas

Applied Microeconomics
Behavioral Economics
Education and Development
Experimental Economics Strategy
Sally Sadoff

Assistant Professor of Management & Strategy

Sadoff's research in applied microeconomics is focused on behavioral economics, experimental economics, labor and human capital. Prior to coming to the Rady School, Sadoff was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago.

Sadoff earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago. She earned her B.A. in Economics from Harvard University.


Julie B. Cullen, Steven D. Levitt, Erin Robertson, and Sally Sadoff. “What Can Be Done to Improve Struggling High Schools?” Journal of Economic Perspectives (2013)

Sally Sadoff, Steven Levitt and John List. "Checkmate: Exploring Backward Induction Among Chess Players" American Economic Review (2011)

Sally Sadoff, John List and Mathis Wagner. "So You Want to Run an Experiment, Now What? An Introduction to Optimal Sample Arrangements" Experimental Economics (2011)

Sally Sadoff and Stephen Raudenbush. "Statistical Inference when Classroom Quality is Measured with Error" Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, (2008)

Working Papers

Sally Sadoff, Steven Levitt and John List. "The Effect of Performance-Based Incentives on Educational Achievement: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment"

Sally Sadoff, Steven Levitt, John List and Susanne Neckermann. "The Behavioralist Goes to School: Leveraging Behavioral Economics to Improve Educational Performance", NBER Working Paper #18165

Sally Sadoff, Alex Imas and Anya Samek. "Do People Anticipate Loss Aversion?", Available at SSRN:

Sally Sadoff, Roland Fryer, Steven Levitt and John List. "Enhancing the Efficacy of Teacher Incentives through Loss Aversion: A Field Experiment", NBER Working Paper #18237