Anuj Shah studies how people make decisions when resources are scarce. One research area focuses on the psychology that arises when people experience scarcity of more tangible resources, such as money or time. In another line of work, he focuses on how people make decisions with limited cognitive resources.
His research has appeared in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Psychological Bulletin, and Cognition, among other journals. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at ideas42, a social science research and development laboratory which uses scientific insights to design innovative policies and products.
In 2010, Shah earned a PhD in psychology from Princeton University, where he received teaching awards from the Psychology Department and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Shah received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and English literature from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005.
Shah joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.