Academic Publications

Shah, A. K., Zhao, J., Mullainathan, S., & Shafir, E. (2018). Money in the mental lives of the poor. Social Cognition, 36, 4-19.

Heller, S. B., Shah, A. K., Guryan, J., Ludwig, J., Mullainathan, S., & Pollack, H. (2017). Thinking fast and slow? Some field experiments to reduce crime and dropout in Chicago. Quarterly Journal of Economics, 132, 1-54.

Shah, A. K., & Ludwig, J. (2016). Option awareness: The psychology of what we consider. American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 106, 425-429.

Shah, A. K. (2015). Social class and scarcity: Understanding consumers who have less. In M. Norton, D. Rucker, & C. Lamberton (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Consumer Psychology (pp. 673-692).

Shah, A. K., Shafir, E., & Mullainathan, S. (2015). Scarcity frames value. Psychological Science, 28, 402-412.

Shah, A. K., & Alter, A. L. (2014). Consuming experiential categories. Journal of Consumer Research, 41, 965-977.

Shah, A. K., Mullainathan, S., & Shafir, E. (2012). Some consequences of having too little. Science, 338, 682-685.

Shah, A. K., & Oppenheimer, D. M. (2011). Grouping information for judgments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 140, 1-13.

Zhao, J., Shah, A. K., & Osherson, D. (2009). On the provenance of judgments of conditional probability. Cognition, 113, 26-36.

Shah, A. K., & Oppenheimer, D. M. (2009). The path of least resistance: Using easy to access information. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18, 232-236.

Shah, A. K., & Oppenheimer, D. M. (2008). Heuristics made easy: An effort-reduction framework. Psychological Bulletin, 134, 207-222.

Shah, A. K., & Oppenheimer, D. M. (2007). Easy does it: The role of fluency in cue weighting. Judgment and Decision Making, 2, 371-379.

Green, L., Myerson, J., Shah, A. K., Estle, S., & Holt, D. D. (2007). Do adjusting-amount and adjusting-delay procedures produce equivalent estimates of subjective value in pigeons? Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 87, 337-347.

Policy Papers

Cooke, B., Diop, B. Z., Fishbane, A., Hayes, J., Ouss, A., & Shah, A. K. (2018). Using behavioral science to improve criminal justice outcomes: Preventing failures to appear in court.

Ludwig, J., & Shah, A. K. (2014). Think before you act: A new approach to preventing youth violence and dropout. Discussion paper 2014-02 for The Hamilton Project. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution.

Perpetual Motion

In my spare time, I am working on creating a perpetual motion machine. My machine is quite simple, as shown below. This is similar to previous designs (please see Wikipedia for a review), with two notable differences. First, I will use a wooden dowel for the center instead of a metal rod. This was an obvious oversight of past magnet-based designs. Second, I will make greater use of magnets. I think it’s got a shot.

probably going to save the world
The power is in the magnets.