Office: 4204 Nancy Nicholas Hall
Department of Consumer Science
School of Human Ecology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 262-5498
Anya C. Samak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Consumer Science and a faculty affiliate of the Economics Department at UW-Madison and of the Center for Financial Security. Samak’s primary fields of study are applied microeconomics, experimental economics, health economics and visual analytics. She uses the methodology of experimental economics to explore behavior and decision-making in different contexts, with a focus on the use of visual tools in financial decision-making, the applications of social information to philanthropic giving, and the effects of incentives and information in the health-related decision-making context.
Samak serves as a Principal Investigator on the multi-year Science of Philanthropy Initiative project (housed at the University of Chicago, UW-Madison and Georgia State University), and leads several large-scale field experiments on the impact of incentives and information on child food choice. Samak also conducts laboratory experiments at the Consumer Behavior Lab at SoHe. Samak’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Social Security Administration, the Templeton Foundation, and the Cornell’s Center for Behavioral Economics and Child Nutrition.
Samak holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, and has completed a postdoctoral research scholar appointment at the University of Chicago Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics.