A Nudge in the Green Direction

Despite good intentions, environmentally friendly attitudes do not always translate into corresponding food choices (the so-called intention-behavior gap). To investigate the potential benefits of behavioral nudges, the Flemish government’s Environmental, Nature and Energy Department, together with its partners, conducted tests in several retail locations. The results of our research are reported in this post.

By | January 23rd, 2017|

Retirement Planning, Psychology, and Behavioral Economics

Planning our retirement is an endeavour we need to undertake sooner or later. A well thought-out pension plan must be able to ensure our well-being during a long period of professional inactivity. However, a striking finding is that people do not save enough for their retirement. They have difficulties to design a retirement plan tailored to their needs and end up with an insufficient pension income and an impoverished lifestyle. Behavioural economics has pointed out some of the problems that affect retirement planning.

By | December 22nd, 2016|

How Donald Trump Won the Election: A Behavioral Economics Explanation

By Tim Gohmann, Ph.D.   While the media focused on Donald Trump’s denigration of women, war heroes, Latinos and Muslims, Trump was building not just support but commitment from his core target — working-class, non-college–educated white males — to get out and vote. What was juvenile and embarrassing to the intellectual was the “silver bullet” [...]

By | November 14th, 2016|

Behavioral Science and Corporate Decision-Making: Potential for Improvement?

Applications of behavioural knowledge could play a crucial role in improving corporate decision-making

By | October 31st, 2016|

A Run-Down of the CEGA Behavioral Economics in Global Health Conference

“How can we use behavioral insights to nudge individuals into better health decision making?” This is one of the fundamental questions that inspired the third annual Conference on Behavioral Economics (BE) in Global Health at UC Berkeley, organized by the Behavioral Economics in Reproductive Health Initiative (BERI) at the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA).

By | September 30th, 2016|

Big Data Is Nudging You

Slow to hit the purchase button? Here’s how you may be nudged to buy.

By | August 30th, 2016|

Trust, the Sharing Economy and Behavioral Economics

Getting trust right is critical to commerce and economic growth. Evidence from behavioral economics can help guide the way.

By | July 14th, 2016|

The Artist Is Present

Emerging insights on “temporal contagion” explain the unusual contours of limited-edition markets.

By | June 20th, 2016|

Developing SIMPLER Solutions

The BIAS project completed 15 randomized controlled trials of behavioral interventions in child care, child support, and work support programs. This article summarizes the “SIMPLER” framework of behavioral concepts and shares examples of how these concepts were used in BIAS interventions.

By | May 11th, 2016|

Behavioral Economics and Reproductive Health Decision-Making

Even with increased access to reproductive health and family planning services, girls and women in developing countries can face behavioral barriers that prevent them from achieving their desired reproductive health outcomes. We use innovations from BE be to design research interventions; with the goal to inform effective FP/RH programming.

By | April 14th, 2016|

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