Anja Sautmann

Assistant Professor of Economics


Anja Sautmann joined Brown University and the PSTC in 2010 and is also an affiliate of the Brown India initiative. Sautmann's research interests cover a range of topics in microeconomics and development economics. She has studied the "inflation" of dowry payments and the connection with the increase in population growth in India, as well as the role of age preferences for marriage age patterns. Other research concerns the effects of biased self-beliefs on employer-employee relationships and work contracts.

Sautmann's current research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Aga Khan Foundation, studies health care choices of families and doctor-patient interactions in Mali, as well as the response of intertemporal preferences to financial shocks.

Selected Publications

"Credit Constraints and the Measurement of Time Preferences" (with Mark Dean), working papaer, new version, Nov. 2014.

"Contracts for agents with biased beliefs: some theory and an experiment," 2013, American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 5(3): 124-156.

"Partner search and demographics: the marriage squeeze in India," working paper, 2012. 


Development economics, Experimental economics, Health, India, Mali, Marriage, Microeconomics