Anya Samek


Office: VPD 214E, University of Southern California

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I am an Associate Professor (Research) of Economics at the University of Southern California. I have a joint appointment at the Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) and the Department of Economics. I use experiments to address questions about how economic theory can predict real-world behavior in the areas of health, education and charitable giving. I am also interested in the malleability of economic preferences at an early age, and in developing methods to best explore economic decisions of children in experiments.

  My recent research

  New projects I'm excited about

  • Seven years ago, we launched a large-scale field experiment to understand the impact of different early childhood education interventions on reducing the academic achievement gap. The project is called the Chicago Heights Early Childhood Center. Now, thanks to a recent R01 grant from the NIH, we are working to understand the medium-term impact of CHECC on academic and health outcomes. [ Visit CHECC ]
  Media coverage of my work

View more of my research on [ SSRN ] and see the full list of publications on [ my CV ]

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