Abigail Sussman, Professor of Marketing at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, researches how individuals form judgments and make decisions, from underlying mechanisms to applications. She investigates questions at the intersection of psychology, economics, and finance, with the aim of improving financial well-being. Her central research examines psychological biases that can lead consumers to commit errors in budgeting, spending, borrowing, and investing. Her work has been featured in top academic journals across academic fields including the Journal of Consumer Research, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Finance, as well as in popular media outlets including National Public Radio, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Sussman is currently president-elect of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and an associate editor at the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Her prior experience includes work at Goldman Sachs in its equity research division. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University in cognitive science and economics, and a joint PhD from the psychology department and the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Sussman, Abigail B. and Rourke L. O'Brien (in press). Knowing when to spend: Unintended financial consequences of earmarking to encourage savings. Journal of Marketing Research.
Sussman, Abigail B., Kristina Petkova, and Alexander Todorov, 2013. Competence ratings in the US predict presidential election outcomes in Bulgaria. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 49 (4), 771-775.
Sussman, Abigail B., and Adam L. Alter, 2012. The exception is the rule: Underestimating and overspending on exceptional expenses. Journal of Consumer Research, 39 (December), 800-814.
Sussman, Abigail B., and Eldar Shafir, 2012. On assets and debt in the psychology of perceived wealth. Psychological Science, 23 (1), 101-108.
Sussman, Abigail B., and Christopher Y. Olivola, 2011. Axe the tax: Taxes are disliked more than equivalent costs. Journal of Marketing Research, 48 (November), 91-101.