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Beginning at the End

Part of the CAH Startup Lab’s Experimenting in Business Series By Rachael Meleney and Aline Holzwarth Missteps in business are costly—they drain time, energy, and money. Of course, business leaders never start a project with the intention to fail—whether it’s implementing a new program, launching a new technology, or trying a new marketing campaign. Yet,…

Rachael Meleney: Dance and Decision Paralysis

  How long have you worked at CAH? I was brought on in September 2015. What brought you to CAH? I graduated from UNC with a variety of experience working with entrepreneurship education and startup support programs– both in the university setting and in the private sector. At the time I was doing marketing and…

5 Great Behavioral Economics Reads from April

1. How To Grow Prepaid Through Financial Well-being Kristen Berman, Wendy De La Rosa, and Mariel Beasley discuss the recent boom in prepaid card use, and how they can be used to further expand financial inclusion. “A study of more than 10,000 participants conducted by researchers Catherine Rodriguez and Juan Saavedra found that savings balances…

Could Retirement Savings Be a New Form of Political Protest?

Could Retirement Savings Be a New Form of Political Protest? A few weeks ago I received a text from an old college friend , asking for some interesting financial advice.  It read: Her: Hey- do you know anything or any place I can look into about not paying federal taxes? Or ways around all that? I was…

Dan’s Hike, Part 4: Don’t Look Back

By: Stephanie Tepper Regret is a complex emotion bridging the categories we use to conceptualize time. We often think of regret as a feeling we experience in the present towards a focal point in the past, but this focus can fluidly shift from past choices to future hypotheticals and back again. In this final exploration…

Conor Artman: From Music to Math

How long have you worked at CAH? I’ve worked at the lab for about 2 years. What brought you to CAH? I was deciding between being an analyst at the Federal Reserve Board and going to grad school, so I talked to Dan (I had previously interned with CAH). I loved the lab’s work environment,…

Dan’s Hike, Part 3: Getting Meta

By: Stephanie Tepper //  @stephanietepper In the social sciences, we are constantly addressing difficult questions around measuring outcomes of interest. How do we define the success of a behavioral intervention? How do we choose what to test? And how do we measure what we choose to focus on? In this third installment of reflections on…

Dan’s Hike, Part 2: Natural Benefits

By: Stephanie Tepper   There is no shortage of research heralding the restorative psychological benefits of spending time in nature, a fact that is certainly not lost on Dan. As he enters the third week of his hike on the Israel National Trail, we’ll look into his feelings of love towards nature, another sentiment that…

The New Big Data

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past five years, you’ve likely noticed the astronomical rise of “Big Data.” The idea that working with large data sets can lead to valuable insights into human behavior, interactions, and associations is nothing new. However, something cutting-edge looms on the horizon. A juggernaut of epic proportions:…