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An Academic Incubator

The CAH is inviting health and finance startups to join the Startup Lab program (October ’17-June ’18). The Startup Lab supports problem-solvers by making behavioral economics findings accessible and applicable. Applications are only open until June 30th at 5pm EST–  Apply now. a What does it mean to be an academic incubator? In the video above,…

Build better health and finance tech products for humans. Join the Startup Lab.

This is the second installment in a five-part series on the CAH’s Startup Lab, our academic incubator program for health and finance tech startups. We’re demystifying why and how a behavioral economics research center at Duke supports and collaborates with entrepreneurs. We’re excited to announce that we’re searching for our next class of the Startup…

Exercise Blog Series, Part 2: Feeling Depressed? Ask your doctor about exercise.

Part 2 of a Series By: Jamie Foehl and Zachary Zenko, PhD   You’re probably familiar with the notion that exercise might help with depression. Maybe you’ve seen an article or headline that starts off with something like: “There’s evidence suggesting that exercise can help with depression.” Have you ever wondered what that “evidence” is?…

Just Launched: Financial coaching app infused with behavioral science principles

Financial counseling is one intervention that has consistently shown positive results in changing behavior across financial, medical, and health fields. The only problem? Because of the high touch model, it’s tough to scale and accessible only to people who have funds to pay. Our team at Common Cents worked with employee financial wellness company Retiremap to…

Supporting Problem-Solvers through the Startup Lab

This is the first installment in a five-part series on the CAH’s Startup Lab, our academic incubator program for health and finance tech startups. We’re demystifying why and how a behavioral economics research center at Duke supports and collaborates with entrepreneurs. We’re looking for startups that are eager to experiment, and demonstrate a passion for…

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…