Anastassia Fedyk

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Doctoral Student

Anastassia Fedyk received her B.A. in Mathematics from Princeton University in 2010. Prior to joining the Business Economics program at HBS, she spent two years doing research and portflio management in the Quantitative Investment Strategies group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where she worked on sector-specific signals, statistical arbitrage strategies, and regime-switching models. Anastassia's current research interests lie mostly in Behavioral Economics and Behavioral Finance. Her work focuses on optimal incentive structures for individuals with time-inconsistent preferences and overconfidence, and the ways in which financial markets react to news. Anastassia also enjoys teaching, and offers an undergraduate course in Behavioral Economics, for which she has been awarded a Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching.

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Publications

    Research Summary

  1. Overview

    Ms. Fedyk's main research interests lie in understanding how psychological biases affect decision-making in organizations and financial markets. She has studied the optimal scheduling of work assignments when employees have self-control problems, and argued that team-based assignments can be effective when individual employees are overconfident regarding their future self-control. Anastassia is also interested in how cognitive biases impact market reactions to financial news. In joint work with James Hodson at Bloomberg L.P., she has observed that the U.S. equity market reacts to news that has no novel informational content, but aggregates previously available information from several sources.

    Teaching

  1. Behavioral Economics and Applications in Markets (Econ970)

    Second-year undergraduate course introducing students to academic research in the field of behavioral economics. The course covers key models of time-inconsistent preferences, overconfidence, social preferences, and projection bias. The students are introduced to theoretical models of these behavioral biases as well as empirical and experimental tests of such models, and applications to a variety of real-world market interactions. The course is intensely discussion-based.
  1. Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching: Awarded a 2013 Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.