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Predicting Game: Global Health

Are you good at predicting things? What about guessing the outcomes of behavioral experiments? Our global health and development team recently partnered with the Joep Lange Institute and PharmAccess Foundation to test the effects of a behavioral intervention on saving for health on a mobile wallet that is locked for health expenses – the M-Tiba platform.* …

B.E. For Dogs: Ostrich Effect

B.E. for Dogs is a bi-weekly comic series that will examine concepts in behavioral economics from the perspective of our canine companions. Look out for new comics every other week! The series is created by Matt Trower, Catherine Berman, and Jamie Foehl. a Ostrich Effect: The ostrich effect is about avoiding bad news. When people worry they’ve fallen off track, sometimes…

7 Pieces Highlighting the Potential Intersections of Machine Learning, AI, and Robotics with Behavioral Economics

The intersections of behavioral economics and increasingly popular fields and disciplines in technology, such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and robotics, are still in their relative infancy. These seven articles, papers, and videos present interesting questions and findings that could act as launching points for potential interdisciplinary research. Be sure to check out the included…

B.E. For Dogs: Sunk Cost

B.E. for Dogs is a bi-weekly comic series that will examine concepts in behavioral economics from the perspective of our canine companions. Look out for new comics every other week! The series is created by Matt Trower, Catherine Berman, and Jamie Foehl. Sunk Cost:  Have you ever continued with a project you knew would fail, simply because you put a lot…

Give ‘Em The Slip: Using Friction for Savings

By: Maura Farver, Stephanie Tepper, and Matt Trower Millions of Americans operate primarily in a cash economy. These individuals not only carry greater risk in storing their money, but also miss out on the potential benefits of savings products. This is true of a high percentage of members at the Latino Community Credit Union (LCCU),…

Exercise Blog Series, Part 4: Exercise Fights Fibromyalgia Symptoms with You!

By: Michelle Zong and Zachary Zenko, PhD This is the fourth post in a series designed to review some of the many benefits of exercise in an accessible manner. Previous posts can be found here, here, and here. Some academic research will be reviewed, synthesized, and summarized so that people without a background in research methods and…

B.E. For Dogs: Overconfidence

B.E. for Dogs is a bi-weekly comic series that will examine concepts in behavioral economics from the perspective of our canine companions. Look out for new comics every other week! The series is created by Matt Trower, Catherine Berman, and Jamie Foehl. Overconfidence: Overconfidence refers to the tendency to believe that you are always right and above average. A rational person…

B.E. For Dogs: Decoy Effect!

B.E. for Dogs is a bi-weekly comic series that will examine concepts in behavioral economics from the perspective of our canine companions. Look out for new comics every other week! The series is created by Matt Trower, Catherine Berman, and Jamie Foehl.   Decoy Effect: Ivy the pup is having a tough time deciding between two really fun toys. One way to help…