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Making Exercise Meaningful

By: Conor Artman and Aline Holzwarth  It’s no secret that we would all be better off if we exercised a bit more. And yet, we struggle to exercise for many reasons: some cite the high opportunity cost of the time spent exercising, others say they don’t have the energy, and even more simply don’t enjoy it.…

Creating short-term saving opportunities: Goals, Taxes, and 5-Weekends

Join our behavioral experts for a riveting conversation on how to start and increase short-term savings for middle Americans effectively.  In this session, we will share results from a couple field studies with fin-tech company Digit, as well as new research on savings. Webinar: DEC 1ST, 2016, 12:00PM PST Register Here

Announcing applications for 2017 CommonCents partners

SAN FRANCISCO, CA Oct 7, 2016 —Common Cents Lab is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for new partners for 2017.   Common Cents, supported by MetLife Foundation, is a financial research lab at Duke University that creates and tests interventions to help low-to-moderate income households increase their financial well-being. Common Cents leverages…

Financial Education: Take the Common Cents behavioral audit to diagnosis your program

By: Wendy De La Rosa & Common Cents Lab (Jump to the BEHAVIORAL AUDIT) The current investment in financial education In the United States, investments in financial education programs have been steadily increasing over the last decade.  According to a recent study by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,  governments, nonprofit organizations, and financial institutions, spend approximately…

How We Got Here; Infographic

We launched a survey aimed at understanding financial well being across the nation. Check out this infographic about what we found and learn how The Common Cents Lab came to be!

Managing the Month on Food Stamps

Managing the Month on Food Stamps The State of Food Stamps Now What is SNAP? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is the United States’ federally-funded food assistance program for low-income individuals and families. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets the national guidelines governing SNAP, but…

How to Increase Retirement Savings

How to Increase Retirement Savings: Key Insights from Behavioral Economics -By Brad Swain, Common Cents Lab Duke University The United States is currently under ongoing shift from predictable benefit pension plans to defined contribution plans. Unlike predictable, often mandatory, pension plans, defined contribution plans are often complicated to set up, vary substantially in their design, and must be opted…

Are We Eating Our Dreams?

Would you like to spend less money eating out and more money seeing the world?  Maybe a trip to a tropical beach or weekend getaway with friends or family?  If you’re like most people, the answer is Yes!  Exactly how much of a yes, though, may have a lot to do with your age. In…