Anya Samek

 Center for Economic and Social Research
University of Southern California


University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

The University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Affiliated Centers:

Welcome to the
Behavioral and Experimental Economics  (BEE) Research Group. At BEE, we study how behavioral insights can be applied to a variety of economic and social problems. We use experiments in the laboratory and the field to test theories. We are especially interested in developing partnerships with government, non-profits and industry to conduct research in the 'real world.'

Researchers working at BEE are based at the University of Southern California (BEE-West), the University of Chicago, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BEE-Central).

Research topics we have been working on:

Preference Development: How do economic preferences that ultimately shape decision-making develop among children and young adults?

Behavioral Health Economics: How can policymakers develop strategies that incorporate information, incentives and other nudges to encourage health-related behaviors among adults, adolescents and children?

Charitable Giving: Why do people give to charities, and how can charities develop a deeper understanding of which solicitation mechanisms are most effective?

Financial Decision-Making: Financial concepts are complex. Can we design new, interactive displays to help people understand their finances and improve financial decision-making?