Anya Samek

Associate Professor of Economics and Strategic Management

Curriculum Vitae

Contact Info

Rady School of Management
9500 Gilman Drive #0553
La Jolla, CA 92093-0553

Research Areas

Applied Microeconomics
Behavioral Economics
Experimental Economics
Household Economics

Before joining the Rady School, Samek was an Associate Professor (Research) of Economics at the University of Southern California. She also spent a year as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago Department of Economics.

Samek is the recipient of the 2020 Vernon L. Smith Ascending Scholar Prize. She is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Affiliate of the FAIR Centre at the Norwegian School of Economics and an affiliate of CESR at the University of Southern California.

Samek has published over 50 articles in peer reviewed journals and received numerous federal and foundation grants, including from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Templeton Foundation, and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

Samek earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Chicago.


Dynamic Inconsistency in Food Choice: Experimental Evidence from Two Food Deserts, with Sally Sadoff and Charles Sprenger,  Review of Economic Studies.

The Effect of Early Education on Social Preferences, with Alexander Cappelen, John List and Bertil Tungodden,   Journal of Political Economy.

Behavioral Impediments to Valuing Annuities: Evidence on the Effects of Complexity and Choice Bracketing, with Jeffrey R. Brown, Arie Kapteyn, Erzo F.P. Luttmer and Olivia S. Mitchell,  Review of Economics and Statistics.

Gender Differences in Job Entry Decisions: A University-Wide Field Experiment. Forthcoming,  Management Science.

Incentives and Unintended Consequences: Spillover Effects in Food Choice, with Manuela Angelucci, Silvia Prina and Heather Royer,  American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.

Toward an Understanding of the Development of Time Preferences: Evidence from Field Experiments, with Jim Andreoni, Michael Kuhn, John List, Kevin Sokal and Charles Sprenger,  Journal of Public Economics.

The Effect of Recipient Contribution Requirements on Support for Social Programs, with Sally Sadoff,  Journal of Public Economics.

Do People Anticipate Loss Aversion?, with Alex Imas and Sally Sadoff,  Management Science

The Behavioralist as Nutritionist: Leveraging Behavioral Economics to Improve Child Food Choice and Consumption, with John List,  Journal of Health Economics.

Do Thank-You Calls Increase Charitable Giving? Expert Forecasts and Field Experimental Evidence, with Chuck Longfield, [Working Paper].