Sally Sadoff

Assistant Professor of Economics and Strategic Management

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Info

Rady School of Management
Wells Fargo Hall Hall, Room 4W121
9500 Gilman Drive #0553
La Jolla, CA 92093-0553
Phone: (858) 8227456­
Fax: (858) 5340745­

Research Areas

Applied Microeconomics
Behavioral Economics
Education and Development
Experimental Economics Strategy


Sally Sadoff

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.


 "Do People Anticipate Loss Aversion?", with Alex Imas and Anya Samek. Management Science, 2016

 "The Behavioralist Goes to School: Leveraging Behavioral Economics to Improve Educational Performance", with Steven Levitt, John List and Susanne Neckermann. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 8(4): 183-219

"The Role of Experimentation in Education Policy", (2014). Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 30 (4): 597-620

“What Can Be Done to Improve Struggling High Schools?”, with Julie B. Cullen, Steven D. Levitt and Erin Roberson (2013). Journal of Economic Perspectives, 27(2): 133-152.

"Checkmate: Exploring Backward Induction Among Chess Players", with Steven Levitt and John List (2011). American Economic Review, 101(2): 975-90.

"So You Want to Run an Experiment, Now What? An Introduction to Optimal Sample Arrangements", with John List and Mathis Wagner (2011). Experimental Economics, 14(4): 439-57.

"Statistical Inference when Classroom Quality is Measured with Error", with Stephen Raudenbush (2008). Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 1(2): 138-154.

Working Papers

"Understanding the Response to Financial and Non-Financial Incentives in Education: Field Experimental Evidence Using High-Stakes Assessments," with Simon Burgess and Robert Metcalfe. Available at:

"Dynamic Inconsistency in Food Choice: Experimental Evidence from a Food Desert", with Anya Samek and Charlie Sprenger. Available at:

"The Effect of Performance-Based Incentives on Educational Achievement: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment", with Steven Levitt and John List. NBER Working Paper #22107

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