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Abigail Sussman

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Abigail Sussman

Abigail Sussman, Assistant Professor of Marketing, is interested in how consumers form judgments and make decisions, from underlying mechanisms to applications. She investigates questions at the intersection of consumer behavior, psychology, and economics, with the aim of improving human welfare. Her central research examines psychological biases that can lead consumers to commit errors in budgeting, spending, and borrowing. She also explores how the same biases extend beyond financial domains to choices in other areas.

Sussman’s prior experience includes work at Goldman Sachs in its equity research division. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University in cognitive science and economics, and a joint PhD from the psychology department and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Adam S. Levine

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Adam S. Levine

Adam S. Levine is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. his research and teaching focuses largely on questions of political communication — how the language used to describe policies, social problems, and American politics more generally affects (a) the attitudes that people hold and (b) their willingness to become politically active. In doing so, he engages in a series of topics fundamental to the democratic process: how individuals form political preferences, when they spend scarce resources expressing those preferences, and why we observe some kinds of policy change and not others. Focal substantive areas include economic insecurity, economic inequality, climate change, same-sex marriage, campaign finance, and national security.

A central piece of his work is a new book entitled American Insecurity: Why Our Economic Fears Lead to Political Inaction. In 2011, he won the E.E. Schattschneider prize for the best dissertation on the study of American government.

Alison Buttenheim

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Alison Buttenheim

Dr. Alison Buttenheim received her BA from Yale University, her MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and her PhD in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Office of Population Research, Princeton University and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently Assistant Professor of Nursing and Assistant Professor of Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania.

Two core questions motivate Dr. Buttenheim’s interdisciplinary research agenda on global maternal-child health: (1) How can we change parent behavior to improve child health? and (2) Do maternal-child health interventions work? She addresses “last mile” problems in maternal-child health: evidence-based practices that haven’t reached the target population. Her work focuses on understanding how health behavior decisions are made within households, and how socioeconomic and cultural contexts both condition and constrain those decisions. Dr. Buttenheim also practices and promotes rigorous impact evaluation and implementation research to inform investments in maternal-child health programs.

Anandi Mani

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Anandi Mani

Anandi Mani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick. She also functions as Capacity Building Fellow at the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) in the UK. Her research interests lie in the area of development economics, with an emphasis on issues related to the psychology of poverty, gender and political economy. Her ongoing projects on poverty focus on its impact on cognitive abilities, decision-making and aspirations. She has also been working on political economy issues related to public good outcomes in India, including the division of authority between politicians and bureaucrats and the impact of female political representation. Her field work in India has been carried out in several states including Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. She is currently a consultant to the World Bank on projects related to politics, gender and development. Dr. Mani has a PhD in Economics from Boston University.

Angela Duckworth

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Angela Duckworth

Angela Duckworth is a psychologist whose studies are clarifying the role that intellectual strengths and personality traits play in educational achievement. She is an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and leads the Duckworth Lab. Duckworth’s work primarily examines two traits that she demonstrates predict success in life: grit—the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward long-term goals—and self-control—the voluntary regulation of behavioral, emotional, and attentional impulses. A major difference between the two qualities is that grit equips individuals to pursue especially challenging aims over years and even decades, while self-control operates at a more micro timescale in the battle against what could be referred to as “hourly temptations.”

She received an A.B. (1992) from Harvard College, an M.Sc. (1996) from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. (2006) from the University of Pennsylvania. She taught math and science at the high school level prior to joining the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, where she is currently an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. Her articles have appeared in such publications as PNAS, the Journal of Educational Psychology, Psychological Science, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Annamaria Lusardi

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Annamaria Lusardi

Annamaria Lusardi is the Denit Trust Professor of Economics and Accountancy at the George Washington School of Business. Moreover, she is the Director of the Financial Literacy Center, a joint Center of Dartmouth College, the Wharton School, and Rand Corporation, created with the support of the Social Security Administration. She holds a Ph.D. degree in economics from Princeton University.

Professor Lusardi has won numerous research awards. Among them is a research fellowship from the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago, a faculty fellowship from the John M. Olin Foundation, and a junior and senior faculty fellowship from Dartmouth College. She is the recipient of the Fidelity Pyramid Prize, awarded to authors of published applied research that best helps address the goal of improving lifelong financial well-being for Americans. She has edited two books: Overcoming the Saving Slump: How to Increase the Effectiveness of Financial Education and Saving Programs was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2008. Financial Literacy: Implications for Retirement Security and the Financial Marketplace, joint with Olivia Mitchell, will be published in the fall of 2011 by Oxford University Press.

She has worked on several projects on financial education in both the United States and abroad. She has developed tools to improve retirement planning and is currently working on several initiatives to improve financial literacy. She was recently recognized by the New York Times as one of the six most influential economists in the area of financial reform.

Antoinette Schoar

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Antoinette Schoar

Antoinette Schoar is a Scientific Director at ideas42. She is also an Academic Research Council Member of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Additionally, she is the Michael M. Koerner (49’) Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She has been teaching at Sloan in the areas of corporate finance and entrepreneurship. Antoinette holds a Ph.D. is in Economics from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree from the University of Cologne, Germany. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Finance and the American Economic Journal in Applied Economics.

Antoinette’s current research examines returns and capital flows in the venture capital industry, financing of SMEs and start up firms in emerging markets and the impact of corporate governance practices on firm performance. Her paper “The Effects of Corporate Diversification on Productivity” won the 2003 Journal of Finance Brattle Prize. She also received the prestigious Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship in 2009. She has published numerous papers in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Her work has been featured in the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Anuj Shah

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Anuj Shah

Anuj Shah is a member of ideas42′s Scientific Advisory Board. He is an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  He studies how changes in basic cognitive processes can give rise to more complex behaviors. Recently, he has focused on how people behave when they experience different forms of resource scarcity (whether money, time, or otherwise). He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Ariel Kalil

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Ariel Kalil

Ariel Kalil is a Professor in the Harris School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago. At Chicago Harris, she directs the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy and co-directs the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab. She also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway, in the Department of Business Administration. She is a developmental psychologist who studies economic conditions, parenting, and child development. Her current research examines the historical evolution of income-based gaps in parenting behavior and children’s cognitive and non-cognitive skills. At the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab, she is leading a variety of field experiments designed to strengthen parental engagement and child development in low-income families using tools drawn from behavioral economics and neuroscience.

Kalil received her PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Harris School faculty in 1999, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan’s National Poverty Center. Kalil has received the William T. Grant Foundation Faculty Scholars Award, the Changing Faces of America’s Children Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Child Development, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, and in 2003 she was the first-ever recipient of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Award for Early Research Contributions.  Her current work is funded by NSF, NICHD, the Aspen Institute, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

Banny Bannerjee

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Banny Bannerjee

Banny Bannerjee is the Founder and Director of Stanford ChangeLabs, a new initiative within the Stanford Design Program aimed at creating rapid, large-scale, sustainable transformation in the complex issues facing mankind — water, energy, climate change, and social inequity. He works with Stanford faculty from behavioral sciences, social economics, systems analysis, management science, engineering, and art to generate new platforms for design thinking.

Originally trained as an architect, Banny holds graduate degrees in Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, and Design. In India, he worked in the fields of architecture, structural engineering, adobe housing for the rural poor, and low embodied energy building systems. After coming to the US, he worked in the fields of computer simulation for energy in complex systems, software engineering, mechanical engineering, product design, industrial design, furniture design, interactive art, and design strategy. His interests in the confluence between digital and physical experiences took him to Xerox PARC where he worked on ambient media and physical computing. Prior to Stanford, he worked for IDEO as designer and design strategist creating novel experiences and crafting futures for high technology companies.

Baruch Fischhoff

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Baruch Fischhoff

Baruch Fischhoff, Ph.D., is the Howard Heinz University Professor in the departments of Social and Decision Sciences and of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, where he heads the Decision Sciences major. A graduate of the Detroit Public Schools, he holds a B.S. in mathematics and psychology from Wayne State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Professor Fischhoff is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and. He is past President of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making and of the Society for Risk Analysis, and recipient of its Distinguished Achievement Award. He currently chairs the Food and Drug Administration Risk Communication Advisory Committee and recently chaired the National. He is a former member of the Eugene, Oregon Commission on the Rights of Women, Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Advisory Committee, the World Federation of Scientists Permanent Monitoring Panel on Terrorism, and the Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, where he chaired the Homeland Security Advisory Committee. He is a Fellow of the American, the Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society), the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Society.

He has co-authored or edited seven books: Acceptable Risk (1981); A Two-State Solution in the Middle East: Prospects and Possibilities (1993); Elicitation of Preferences (2000); Risk Communication: A Mental Models Approach (2002); Intelligence Analysis: Behavioral and Social Science Foundations (2011); Risk: A Very Short Introduction (2011); and Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based Guide (2011).

Ben Castleman

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Ben Castleman

Ben Castleman is an Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Ben’s research applies behavioral economics to help students and families navigate complicated decisions throughout their educational trajectories. He has conducted numerous field experiments which investigate innovative strategies to deliver personalized and simplified information about college and financial aid to low-income students and their families, and to ease the process of students and families getting professional support when they need assistance. Several of these experiments focus on reducing summer melt among college-intending, low-income high school graduates. Ben’s work has been generously funded by several major philanthropic organizations, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the W.T. Grant Foundation, and the Heckscher Foundation for Children. He is a recipient of a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. Ben is a Lumina Foundation/Institute for Higher Education Policy Academic Fellow, and is a recipient of the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders award, given annually by The Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Brian Wansink

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Brian Wansink

Brian Wansink (Ph.D. Stanford University) is the John Dyson Professor of Marketing and the Director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab in the Department of Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, Ithaca NY.

Professor Wansink founded and directs the Food and Brand Lab, which conducts field and laboratory experiments to understand how consumers “choose and use” foods. With the help of researchers from psychology, history, food science, cultural anthropology, and agricultural and consumer economics, the mission of the Food & Brand Labs’ studies is to help consumers eat more nutritiously and behave responsibly. A primary focus of the lab is to help people eat more nutritiously and to help control how much they eat. An additional focus is on increasing the acceptance of soy foods and the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Because Dr. Wansink’s expertise is focused on the psychology and consumption of foods – ABC News has referred to him as the “Food Psychologist,” and he directs the content of www.foodpsychology.cornell.edu. His research focuses on how ads, packaging, and personality traits influence the usage frequency and usage volume of healthy foods. His research on consumption volume has won national and international awards for its relevance to consumers. His research has been widely featured on 20/20, BBC News, The Learning Channel, all news networks, and on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

On a personal level, Brian was born in Sioux City, Iowa and now lives with his wife Jennifer and daughters Audrey, Valerie and Lieve. He plays tenor saxophone in a jazz quartet (“Shaken Not Stirred”) and in an eight–piece rhythm and blues dance band (“The Usual Suspects”).

Brigitte Madrian

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Brigitte Madrian

Brigitte Madrian is the Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management at the Harvard Kennedy School. Before coming to Harvard, she was on the Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and the Harvard University Economics Department. She is also a research associate and co-director of the Household Finance working group at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources.

Dr. Madrian’s current research focuses on household saving and investment behavior. Her work in this area has impacted the design of employer-sponsored savings plans in the US and has influenced pension reform legislation both in the US and abroad. She has also examined the impact of health insurance on the job choice and retirement decisions of employees and the hiring decisions of firms.

Dr. Madrian received her PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and studied economics as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University. She is the recipient of the National Academy of Social Insurance Dissertation Prize and a two-time recipient of the TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award for Scholarly Research on Lifelong Financial Security.

Cass Sunstein

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Cass Sunstein

Cass Sunstein is currently the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Mr. Sunstein graduated in 1975 from Harvard College and in 1978 from Harvard Law School magna cum laude. After graduation, he clerked for Justice Benjamin Kaplan of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court, and then he worked as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice. He was a faculty member at the Law School from 1981 to 2008.

Mr. Sunstein has testified before congressional committees on many subjects, and he has been involved in constitution-making and law reform activities in a number of nations, including Ukraine, Poland, China, South Africa, and Russia. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Mr. Sunstein has been Samuel Rubin Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia, visiting professor of law at Harvard, vice-chair of the ABA Committee on Separation of Powers and Governmental Organizations, chair of the Administrative Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a member of the ABA Committee on the future of the FTC, and a member of the President’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters.

Mr. Sunstein is author of many articles and a number of books, including Republic.com (2001), Risk and Reason (2002), Why Societies Need Dissent (2003), The Second Bill of Rights (2004), Laws of Fear: Beyond the Precautionary Principle (2005), Worst-Case Scenarios (2001), and Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness (with Richard H. Thaler, 2008). He is now working on various projects involving the relationship between law and human behavior.

Christine Jolls

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Christine Jolls

Christine Jolls is the Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor at Yale Law School, a chair previously held by Nobel Laureate Oliver Williamson. She is also the Director of the Law and Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Previously she served as a law clerk at the Supreme Court of the United States in the chambers of Justice Antonin Scalia. Professor Jolls received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and her Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T., where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. She was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her sophomore year and won the Robert M. Golden Medal. Prior to college Professor Jolls was named one of two United States Presidential Scholars from the state of California. Her research and teaching concentrate in the areas of employment law, privacy law, behavioral law and economics, and government administration.

Craig Fox

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Craig Fox

Craig Fox is Professor of Policy at the Anderson School of Management and Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also Co-Director of the UCLA Interdisciplinary Research Group in Behavioral Decision Making. Fox joined the UCLA faculty in 2003 after six years at the Fuqua School of Business (Duke University), where he was named the 2001 “Outstanding Faculty Member” and remains an adjunct faculty member.

Professor Fox earned a B.A. in economics and psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, where he completed his thesis work with Daniel Kahneman. He received an M.A. and Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Stanford University under the supervision of the late Amos Tversky. Fox’s research focuses primarily on behavior under risk, uncertainty, and ambiguity. This work employs a combination of experimental methods including surveys, field studies, laboratory experiments, and brain imaging techniques. His research papers have appeared in top journals of management, economics, psychology, neuroscience, and law. Professor Fox is former associate editor of Management Science and board member of Organization Behavior and Human Decision Processes. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making and Judgment and Decision Making. He is founding editor of the forthcoming journal, Behavioral Science and Policy.

Crystal Hall

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Crystal Hall

Crystal Hall is an Assistant Professor at the Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington. She teaches courses on psychology for policy analysis, decision theory, and quantitative analysis.

While at Princeton University, her primary research focus was on decision making in the context of poverty. Specific topics in this research program include the structure of mental accounting among low-income populations, and how simple interventions relating to self-affirmation and identity can influence behavior. She also conducts field research exploring interventions at tax time to increase take-up of beneficial products and services, and work examining the preferences and search processes of housing subsidy recipients. Other previous research topics included the relationship between facial appearance and election outcomes, how the existence of extra information can impair judgment, and the exploration of an alternate method of implementing social judgment theory. She was previously a member of the interdisciplinary Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars.

In addition to her academic work, Hall has provided guidance to community organizations seeking to implement tools from psychology and behavioral economics into the design and delivery of their programs and services. She has worked with organizations in Central New Jersey and Philadelphia, and more recently with members of the Washington Asset Building Coalition. At a national level, she has consulted with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Administration for Children and Families.

Hall holds a PhD and MA in Psychology from Princeton University. In addition, she holds a BS from Carnegie Mellon University in both decision science and policy and management.

Daniel Benjamin

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Daniel Benjamin

Daniel Benjamin is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Cornell University and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University in 1999, an M.A. in Statistics from Harvard University in 1999, an M.Sc. in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics in 2000, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 2006. He was a Marshall Scholar during 1999 to 2001. Since 2009, he has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of the European Economics Association.

Professor Benjamin conducts research on behavioral economics. Some current work investigates common errors in statistical reasoning, the interpretation of survey measures of happiness, and whether specific genes can predict economic behaviors and outcomes.

Daniel Kahneman

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Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman is a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is also Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus at the Woodrow Wilson School, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University, and a fellow of the Center for Rationality at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Dr. Kahneman has held the position of professor of psychology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1970‐1978), the University of British Columbia (1978‐1986), and the University of California, Berkeley (1986‐1994). Dr. Kahneman is a member of the National Academy of Science, the Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society of Experimental Psychologists, and the Econometric Society. He has been the recipient of many awards, among them the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association (1982) and the Grawemeyer Prize (2002), both jointly with Amos Tversky, the Warren Medal of the Society of Experimental Psychologists (1995), the Hilgard Award for Career Contributions to General Psychology (1995), the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (2002), and the Lifetime Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association (2007). Dr. Kahneman holds honorary degrees from numerous Universities.

David I. Laibson

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David I. Laibson

David I. Laibson is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Laibson serves on the boards of the Health and Retirement Survey and the Pension Research Council. Laibson co-organizes the Russell Sage Foundation’s Summer School in Behavioral Economics. He has been designated a Harvard College Professor and he has received the PBK Prize for Excellence in Teaching. His research studies macroeconomics, psychology and economics, neuroeconomics, and household finance. Laibson holds degrees from Harvard (B.A.), the London School of Economic (M.Sc.), and M.I.T. (Ph.D.).

Dean Karlan

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Dean Karlan

Dean Karlan is a Professor of Economics at Yale University. Professor Karlan is President of Innovations for Poverty Action, a non-profit organization that creates and evaluates solutions to social and development problems, and works to scale-up successful ideas through implementation and dissemination to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors. He is on the Board of Directors of the M.I.T. Jameel Poverty Action Lab. As a social entrepreneur, He is Founder and President of stickK.com, a website that uses lessons from behavioral economics to help people reach personal goals, such as weight loss and smoking cessation, through commitment contracts.

In 2011, Professor Karlan co-authored More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics is Helping to Solve Global Poverty. He received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and was named an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow. His research focuses on microeconomic issues of financial decision-making, specifically employing experimental methodologies to examine what works, what does not, and why in interventions in microfinance, health, behavioral economics and charitable giving. In microfinance, he has studied credit impact, interest rate policy, savings product design, credit scoring policies, entrepreneurship training, and group versus individual liability. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from M.I.T., an M.B.A. and an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Virginia. He can be followed on twitter @deankarlan, and blogs regularly on Freakonomics.

Dean Yang

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Dean Yang

Dean Yang is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, where he holds appointments at the Ford School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics. His areas of interest include international migration and remittances, microfinance, human capital, disasters, international trade, and crime and corruption. He is currently running survey work and field experiments among Central American migrant workers in the U.S., among potential overseas migrants in the Philippines, and on microfinance in Malawi and Mozambique.

He teaches courses in development economics and microeconomics at the undergraduate, master’s, and Ph.D. levels. He was a visiting professor at Princeton University in 2006-07. He has worked as a consultant on development issues for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the UNDP, and in El Salvador and Peru. A native of the Philippines, he received his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Harvard University.

Deborah Prentice

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Deborah Prentice

Deborah Prentice is Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Psychology Department at Princeton University. She studies self-regulation, social influence, and group dynamics. Much of her work has focused on gender and, in particular, on the ways in which social beliefs and conventions regarding gender serve to reproduce and sustain gender differences and divisions. Her recent work has explored how and when social norms are effective levers of behavior change. Prentice received her Ph.D. from Yale University.

Derek Koehler

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Derek Koehler

Derek Koehler is a professor of psychology at Waterloo University. His research investigates the intuitive assessment of uncertainty involved in everyday planning, prediction, and decision making. This research includes the study of how people evaluate evidence (or cues, e.g., a patient’s symptoms) when estimating the probability of an uncertain event (or outcome, e.g., the patient’s eventual diagnosis), how generating scenarios or explanations influences the perceived likelihood of future events, and how current intentions influence self-predictions of future behavior.

In the course of this research, Professor Koheler and his collaborators have asked basketball fans to predict the outcomes of upcoming NBA games, physicians to judge the probability that a patient is suffering from a particular illness, homeowners to predict when they will complete a household project, and students to estimate the probability that they will donate blood at an upcoming donation clinic. Much of his recent research is located at the intersection of psychology and economics, in a field sometimes called behavioral economics.

Devin Pope

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Devin Pope

Devin Pope studies a variety of topics at the intersection of economics and psychology. He has published work in the American Economic ReviewManagement SciencePsychological Science;Journal of Human Resources; and the Journal of Economic Perspectives among others.

Prior to joining the Chicago Booth faculty in 2010, Professor Pope was on the faculty at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley in 2007 and a B.A. in economics from Brigham Young University in 2002.

Diana Taylor

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Diana Taylor

Diana Taylor joined Wolfensohn Fund Management L.P., a strategic consulting and investment firm, in 2007, prior to which she served as New York State superintendent of banks and chairwoman of the New York State Banking Board. Before her government service, she worked in the private sector as vice president for KeySpan Energy and as an investment banker with Smith Barney, Lehman Brothers and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Diana serves on the boards of Citigroup, Brookfield Properties and Sotheby’s. She also serves on several charitable boards. She chairs the boards of ACCION International, Hudson River Park Trust, New York Women’s Foundation and the YMCA of Greater New York. Other memberships include Dartmouth College, the Mailman School of Public Health and the International Women’s Health Coalition. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York. She earned her AB from Dartmouth College, her MBA from the Columbia School of Business, and her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia.

Dilip Soman

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Dilip Soman

Dilip Soman is the Corus Professor of Strategy, Professor of Marketing and Senior Fellow, Desautels Center for Integrative Thinking™ at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago; his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management; and his BE from the University of Bombay.

His research expertise includes behavioral economics, consumer and managerial psychology, public policy, spending and saving behaviors, decision-making, marketing strategy and pricing. Professor Soman’s current research focuses on “helping people help themselves.” In this work, he used informational (e.g. financial literacy), facilitative (e.g., budgeting tools, communication devices like mobile phones and the Internet) and behavioral (e.g., self-control guidelines) interventions to help people achieve financial sufficiency. He also does similar research in the area of health behaviors, energy conservation, garbage and recycling, and time management.

Professor Soman’s book, Managing Customer Value: One Stage at a Time (co-authored with S. N-marandi) has just been published by World Scientific Publishing. He has published over 50 scholarly articles, book chapters, and papers in publications like the Harvard Business ReviewJournal of Marketing ResearchJournal of Consumer ResearchMarketing ScienceMarketing LettersJournal of Behavioral Decision Making, and Journal of Advertising. Dilip is also a sought-after executive trainer, applied researcher and consultant.

Donald Redelmeier

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Donald Redelmeier

Donald Redelmeier received his M.D. from University of Toronto in 1984, postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at Stanford University in 1991, and a Masters in Health Services Research as a Robert Wood Johnson fellow at Stanford University in 1990. His research spans a variety of areas, emphasizing the psychology of medical decision making and the epidemiology of motor vehicle trauma.

Dr. Redelmeier has published over 150 articles in the scientific medical literature. Some of his notable discoveries include “Association between cellular-telephone calls and motor vehicle collisions” (NEJM 1997), “Survival in Academy Award-winning actors and actresses” (Ann Intern Med. 2001), and “Traffic-law enforcement and risk of death from motor-vehicle crashes: case-crossover study” (Lancet 2003).

Dr. Redelmeier serves as Canada Research Chair in Medical Decision Sciences; Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto; Director of Clinical Epidemiology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre; staff physician in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Sunnybrook Hospital; and a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Studies in Ontario

Eldar Shafir

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Eldar Shafir

Eldar Shafir is a Scientific Director at ideas42. He is the William Stewart Tod Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and has served as a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. He studies decision-making and judgment, and his recent work has focused on behavioral economic analyses of decision-making in the context of poverty and, more generally, on the application of behavioral research to policy. He recently edited a volume on “The Behavioral Foundations of Policy,” and has just co-authored a book with Sendhil Mullainathan called “Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much“, which looks at how scarcity, and our flawed responses to it, can shape our lives, our society, and our culture.

Elizabeth Levy Paluck

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Elizabeth Levy Paluck

Elizabeth Levy Paluck (Betsy) is a member of ideas42′s Scientific Advisory Board. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She conducts field experiments in the United States and Africa to test initiatives for prejudice and conflict reduction and political education and civic engagement. Her work has focused on the effects of the mass media, education, and interpersonal communication. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University.

Elke U. Weber

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Elke U. Weber

Elke U. Weber is the Jerome A. Chazen Professor of International Business and Professor of Management and Psychology at Columbia University. Her M.A. and Ph.D. are from Harvard in behavior and decision analysis. She is an expert on judgment and decision-making under uncertainty, specifically in financial and environmental contexts.

At Columbia, she founded and co-directs the Center for Decision Sciences (CDS), which generates and facilitates interdisciplinary decision research relevant to the needs of real world decision makers, and the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED), which investigates ways of facilitating human adaptation to climate change and climate variability and recently published a Climate Change Communications Guide (cred.columbia.edu/Guide). She has served on advisory committees of the National Academy of Sciences related to human dimensions in global change, was a member on an American Psychological Association Task Force that issued a report on the Interface between Psychology and Global Climate Change, and is a lead author in Working Group III for the 5th Assessment Report of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Eric Johnson

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Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson is a faculty member at the Columbia Business School at Columbia University where he is the inaugural holder of the Norman Eig Chair of Business, and Director of the Center for Decision Sciences. His research examines the interface between Behavioral Decision Research, Economics and the decisions made by consumers, managers, and their implications for public policy, markets and marketing. Among other topics, Johnson has explored how the way options are presented to decision-makers affect their choices in areas such as organ donation, the choice of environmentally friendly products, and investments.

Prof. Johnson’s research and comments have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Money, Discover, Business Week and The Financial Times, and on The CBS Evening News and National Public Radio. His research has been published in the Science, Psychological Review, Psychological Science, Nature Neuroscience, Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Economic Theory, and many other consumer, economic, marketing and psychology journals. He has co-authored two books: Decision Research: A Field Guide, published by Sage Publications and The Adaptive Decision-Maker published by Cambridge University Press, and is currently working on a book on choice architecture.

After graduation from Rutgers University, he received his MS and PhD in Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University, and was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Stanford. He previously has taught at Carnegie Mellon, was a visiting professor at the Sloan School at MIT, was the inaugural holder of the David W. Hauck Chair in Marketing, and a Professor of Operations and Information Management and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. The National Science Foundation, The National Institutes of Health, The Alfred P. Sloan and Russell Sage Foundations, and the Office of Naval Research have supported his research. He was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for Consumer Psychology, and named a Fellow by the Association for Consumer Research, was awarded an honorary doctorate in Economics from the University of St. Gallen, and is a Fellow of the TIAA-CREF Institute Fellow and the Association for Psychological Science. According to the Institute for Scientific Information, he is one of the most highly cited scholars in Business and Economics. He has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Consumer Psychology, and is a member of several editorial boards as well as the Senior Editor for Decision Sciences at Behavioral Science and Policy and an Editor at Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience.

Eugene M. Caruso

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Eugene M. Caruso

Eugene M. Caruso studies social judgment, group decision-making and negotiation, egocentrism, perspective-taking, and ethics. His teaching interests include decision-making, social psychology, negotiation, and research methodology. Professor Caruso earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in psychology from Princeton University with a Certificate in cognitive studies in 1998. He earned a master’s degree in 2004 and a Ph.D. in 2007 in social psychology from Harvard University.

His published work includes “The Costs and Benefits of Undoing Egocentric Responsibility Assessments in Groups” and “When Perspective Taking Increases Taking: Reactive Egoism in Social Interaction,” both written with N. Epley and M. H. Bazerman and published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, as well as “A Wrinkle in Time: Asymmetric Valuation of Past and Future Events,” written with D. T. Gilbert and T. D. Wilson and published inPsychological Science. He is a member of the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, Society for Judgment and Decision Making, and Society for Personality and Social Psychology. Caruso is also an ad hoc reviewer for Psychological Science and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Professor Caruso has received numerous accolades, including a Harvard University Graduate Student Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Student Travel Award, and a nomination for the Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize for dedication to the educational experience of Harvard undergraduates.

 

Francesca Gino

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Francesca Gino

Francesca Gino is a professor of business administration in the Negotiations, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. She is also formally affiliated with the Program on Negotiation.

Professor Gino’s research focuses on judgment and decision-making, ethics, social influence, and creativity. Her work has been published in academic journals including the Academy of Management JournalJournal of Applied PsychologyJournal of Personality and Social Psychology;Organizational Behavior and Human Decision ProcessesOrganization Science; and Psychological Science; as well as in numerous book chapters and practitioner outlets. Her studies have been featured in The EconomistThe New York Times;NewsweekScientific American; and Psychology Today; and her work has been discussed on National Public Radio and CBS Radio. Professor Gino has earned major research awards from the National Science Foundation and the Academy of Management. In addition to teaching, she advises firms and not-for-profit organizations in the areas of negotiation, decision-making, and organizational behavior.

A native of Italy, Professor Gino holds a Ph.D. in economics and management from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. She is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Trento.

Frank Schilbach

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Frank Schilbach

Frank Schilbach is an assistant professor of economics at MIT, where he teaches behavioral and development economics. He recently graduated with a PhD in economics from Harvard. Frank’s main strand of research considers the impact of poverty and its correlates on cognitive function, decision-making, and productivity. His recent work investigates the role of alcohol consumption, physical pain, and sleep deprivation in the economic lives of low-income workers in India. Frank’s second strand of work investigates knowledge diffusion and technology adoption among maize farmers in Kenya.

Geoff Cohen

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Geoff Cohen

Geoff Cohen is Professor of Organizational Behavior Organizational Studies in Education and Business, and Psychology at Stanford University. Professor Cohen’s research examines processes related to identity maintenance and their implications for social problems. One primary aim of his research is the development of theory-driven, rigorously tested intervention strategies that further our understanding of the processes underpinning social problems and that offer solutions to alleviate them. Two key questions lie at the core of his research: “Given that a problem exists, what are its underlying processes?” And, “Once identified, how can these processes be overcome?” One reason for this interest in intervention is his belief that a useful way to understand psychological processes and social systems is to try to change them. He is also interested in how and when seemingly brief interventions, attuned to underlying psychological processes, produce large and long-lasting psychological and behavioral change.

The methods that his laboratory uses include laboratory experiments, longitudinal studies, content analyses, and randomized field experiments. One specific area of research addresses the effects of group identity on achievement, with a focus on under-performance and racial and gender achievement gaps. Additional research programs address hiring discrimination, the psychology of closed-mindedness and inter-group conflict, and psychological processes underlying anti-social and health-risk behavior.

Professor Cohen earned his Ph.D. in Psychology at Stanford University in 1998. Prior to that, he earned his B.A. in Psychology at Cornell University in 1992.

George Akerlof

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George Akerlof

George Akerlof is Senior Resident Scholar at the IMF since 2010 and Koshland Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Akerlof studied at Yale University (B.A., 1962) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Ph.D., 1966). In 1966 he began teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, becoming Goldman Professor of Economics in 1980. His research often drew from other disciplines, including psychology, anthropology, and sociology, and he played an important role in the development of behavioral economics.

In 2001 he was co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences along with A. Michael Spence and Joseph Stiglitz . The Nobel Committee cited Akerlof’s 1970 paper, “The Market for ‘Lemons,’” which for the first time described the role of asymmetric information in causing market perversity. A vicious circle in used car markets illustrates the phenomenon. Potential sellers of used cars, with their superior information, withhold good cars from the market; buyers react by reducing the price they are willing to pay; and in turn sellers further reduce the quality of cars put up for sale.

Dr. Akerlof has also pioneered in the application of sociology and psychology to the workings of the macro-economy, and recently published, with Robert Shiller, Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism, and with Rachel Kranton, Identity Economics: How Our Identities Shape Our Work, Wages, and Well-Being.

Dr. Akerlof has been senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, and past president, vice president and member of the executive committee of the American Economics Association, and member of the Council of the Econometric Society. He is a trustee of the Economists for Peace and Security, and co-director of the Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being program at Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.

George Loewenstein

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George Loewenstein

George Loewenstein is the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Economics and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1985 and since then has held academic positions at The University of Chicago and Carnegie Mellon University, and fellowships at Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, The Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, The Russell Sage Foundation and The Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin.

Professor Loewenstein is one of the founders of the field of behavioral economics and more recently of the field of neuroeconomics. He is past president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Loewenstein’s research focuses on applications of psychology to economics, and his specific interests include decision making over time, bargaining and negotiations, psychology and health, law and economics, the psychology of adaptation, the role of emotion in decision making, the psychology of curiosity, conflict of interest, and “out of control” behaviors such as impulsive violent crime and drug addiction. He has published over 200 journal articles and book chapters, and has written or edited 6 books on topics ranging from intertemporal choice to behavioral economics to emotions.

Heather Caruso

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Heather Caruso

Heather Caruso focuses her teaching and research on several aspects of human behavior in organizations. These interests center on: the dynamics and social psychology of diverse (e.g., cross-functional, multicultural) teams; the management of identity, power, and influence in organizations; and strategies for optimal judgment, decision making, and behavior. She is a strong proponent of lifelong learning for management excellence, and encourages students to make the most of their professors’ knowledge and ongoing research not only while they are here, but also throughout their careers.

In addition to her teaching and research, Caruso consults for both private- and public-sector organizations on management and teamwork issues, and serves as the Senior Associate Director for the Center for Decision Research (CDR) at Booth.

Caruso’s formal interests in organizational and social psychology first developed when she was an undergraduate at Stanford University, primarily in the course of doing cross-cultural negotiation research with Jared Curhan and Lee Ross. These interests grew deeper when, while serving as Director of Engineering in a multinational Silicon Valley startup, she became fascinated with real-world experiences related to cultural variation in identity, and the failure of promising collaborations among dissimilar individuals. These experiences helped Caruso decide to pursue a career in teaching and research, so she proceeded to Harvard to do her AM in Social Psychology and her PhD in Organizational Behavior – Social Psychology.

Caruso is a member of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

Heather Schofield

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Heather Schofield

Heather Schofield is assistant professor ​at the University of Pennsylvania in the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School. Her​ research ​ lies at the intersection of development, health, and behavioral economics. ​Her most recent work focuses on the role of factors such as nutrition, pain, and sleep in shaping economic productivity, cognitive function, and decision-making​. Prof. Schofield co-founded a Behavioral and Development Economics Lab in Chennai, India, where much of her research is based. ​She completed her Ph.D. in Business Economics, M.S. in Global Health and Population, and B.A. in Economics at Harvard University.

Hunt Allcott

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Hunt Allcott

Hunt Allcott is a Scientific Director at ideas42. He is an Assistant Professor of Economics at New York University.  His research centers on consumer behavior, business strategy, and regulatory policy in energy markets. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has worked as an economist at the World Bank and ICICI Bank and as a consultant with Cambridge Energy Research Associates.

Jens Ludwig

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Jens Ludwig

Jens Ludwig is the McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy and Director of the Crime Lab at the University of Chicago, Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and co-director of the NBER’s Working Group on the Economics of Crime. Ludwig has been involved for the past dozen years with the evaluation of a large HUD-funded housing-mobility experiment known as Moving to Opportunity (MTO), which includes a major demonstration site on the south side of Chicago. He is also one of the nation’s leading gun policy researchers, whose publications on the topic include Gun Violence: The Real Costs with Philip Cook (Oxford, 2000) and Evaluating Gun Policy, co-edited with Cook (Brookings, 2003). In 2006 he was awarded the David Kershaw Prize by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management for distinguished contributions to public policy by the age of 40.

Johannes Haushofer

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Johannes Haushofer

Johannes Haushofer‘s research interests lie at the intersection of neurobiology, behavioral economics, and development economics. His research asks whether poverty has particular psychological and neurobiological consequences, and whether these consequences, in turn, affect economic behavior. To answer these questions, he combines laboratory experiments with randomized controlled trials of development programs in areas such as health insurance and unconditional cash transfers in Kenya and Sierra Leone. In 2011 Johannes started the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics in Nairobi, a research facility for behavioral economics studies with respondents from the Nairobi slums. Johannes has a BA in Psychology, Physiology and Philosophy from Oxford, a PhD in Neurobiology from Harvard, and a PhD in Economics from Zurich

Jonathan Zinman

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Jonathan Zinman

Jonathan Zinman is a tenured Associate Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. He joined the faculty in 2005 after working as a researcher at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Professor Zinman obtained his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002, and a B.A. in government from Harvard in 1993. In addition to his work at Dartmouth, Professor Zinman also serves as a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, a member of the Behavioral Finance Forum, a research affiliate of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the M.I.T. Jameel Poverty Action Lab, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Advisory Board member of stickk.com and HelloWallet, a member of the Sage/Sloan Foundations working group on Behavioral Economics and the Regulation of Retail Financial Markets, and a member of the Consumer Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Board.

Professor Zinman’s research focuses on intertemporal choice and household finance. His work tests economic theories of how firms and consumers interact in markets, and closely examines the merits of incorporating specific features of psychology into economic models. Professor Zinman applies his research by working with policymakers and financial institutions around the globe. He works directly with institutions to develop and test and innovations— in pricing, product development, marketing, risk assessment, risk management, and client communication– that are profitable for firms and beneficial to their clients. The new U.S. Household Finance Initiative of IPA, of which Professor Zinman is the Director, will provide additional infrastructure for these research and development efforts.

Josh Wright
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Josh Wright

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Josh Wright is an Executive Director at ideas42. In addition to responsibility for the organization overall, Josh focuses on designing and implementing behavioral solutions to problems in financial services, poverty, healthcare, and education. Josh has extensive experience in the for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors; industry experience in financial services, media and entertainment, housing, and youth development; and functional expertise in business strategy, new business development, and new venture creation.

Immediately prior to joining ideas42, Josh headed up the Office of Financial Education and Financial Access at the United States Department of the Treasury, where he worked with ideas42 founder Sendhil Mullainathan. Previously, Josh held positions at the Center for Community Change, Booz Allen and Hamilton’s Commercial Management Consulting business, and was a Senior Executive at Bertelsmann’s Random House, Inc.

In addition, Josh served two terms as an elected City Councilmember for the City of Takoma Park, Maryland. Josh has been a visiting lecturer at the Princeton Woodrow Wilson School, serves on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Behavior, and is a frequent public speaker on applied behavioral science. He holds a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Justin Sydnor

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Justin Sydnor

Justin Sydnor is an Assistant Professor at the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Justin’s research is in the area of behavioral economics. He has conducted research on decision-making under risk, issues of self-control and commitment, limited attention and the economics of discrimination.

Katherine Baicker

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Katherine Baicker

Katherine Baicker is a Scientific Director at ideas42. She is Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. She is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  From 2005-2007, Katherine served as a Senate-confirmed Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where she played a leading role in the development of health policy.  She currently serves on the Editorial Board of Health Affairs, as a Commissioner on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Commission to Build a Healthier America, and on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Health Insurance Status and its Consequences.

Her research focuses primarily on the factors that drive the distribution, generosity, and effectiveness of public and private health insurance, with a particular focus on health insurance finance and the effect of reforms on the distribution and quality of care. Her research has been published in journals such as Health Affairs, the Journal of Public Economics, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalBusiness Week, and on National Public Radio.

Katherine Milkman

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Katherine Milkman

Katherine Milkman is an assistant professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research documents various ways in which individuals systematically deviate from making optimal choices, and she is particularly interested in understanding what factors lead people to undersave for retirement, exercise too little, eat too much junk food, and watch too many lowbrow films. Recently, she has also begun to study race and gender discrimination, focusing on how a decision’s context can alter the manifestation of bias.

Katherine has published articles in top-tier social science journals such as Management Science, theProceedings of the National Academy of SciencesOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and the Journal of Marketing Research. Her work has been featured by The New York TimesThe International Herald Tribune, BusinessWeek,The Economist, NPR, and Harvard Business Review. In 2011, Katherine was recognized as one of the top 40 business school professors under 40 by Poets and Quants.

Katherine received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University (summa cum laude) in Operations Research and Financial Engineering and her Ph.D. from Harvard University’s joint program in Computer Science and Business.

Mahzarin Banaji

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Mahzarin Banaji

Mahzarin Banaji was born and raised in India, received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1986 and was a National Institute of Health postdoctoral fellow at University of Washington. She served as the first Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study from 2002-2008, and will serve as Cowan Professor at the Santa Fe Institute from 2011-2014.

In 2005, Professor Banaji was elected fellow of the Society for Experimental Psychologists, in 2008 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2009 was named Herbert A. Simon Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Psychological Science (of which she was recently President), and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology.

Professor Banaji studies unconscious thinking and feeling as they unfold in social context. She has primarily studied social attitudes and beliefs in adults and children, relying on multiple methods including cognitive/affective behavioral measures and neuroimaging (fMRI). With these, she explores the implications of her work for questions of individual responsibility and social justice in democratic societies. Her new research interests focus on questions of institutional corruption.

Manuel Adelino

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Manuel Adelino

Manuel Adelino is an expert in consumer finance. His research focuses on household, corporate and real estate finance. He is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and an advisor to ideas42. He received a Ph.D. in Financial Economics from MIT Sloan School of Management.

 

Mara Mather

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Mara Mather

Mara Mather’s research focuses on how emotion and stress affect memory and decisions and how such influences differ depending on one’s age and gender. Her research elucidating the interaction of emotion, cognition, and aging has been recognized with the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology and the Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Research on Adult Development and Aging. She also received a National Institutes of Health K02 Career Development award and the Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award from the Gerontological Society of America. She is Associate Professor of Gerontology and Psychology at the University of Southern California and holds an A.B. in psychology from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Princeton University.

Margaret McConnell

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Margaret McConnell

Margaret McConnell is an Assistant Professor of Global Health Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research focuses on applying behavioral economics to savings, health and health care systems. She designs field experiments that test models from behavioral economics, providing insight into whether policies designed to encourage investments in health and improvements in health systems are effective and why.

Her current work focuses on understanding how doctors decisions affect patient adherence, how limited attention contributes to poor health outcomes and how individuals’ experiences shape their beliefs about the value of health technologies.

Marieke Huysentruyt

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Marieke Huysentruyt

Marieke Huysentruyt is an Assistant Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics (SITE) and Faculty Fellow at HEC Paris (Social Business Chair). She holds a M.Sc. in Bio-engineering from Catholic University of Leuven, a M.Sc. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell, and a Ph.D. in Economics from London School of Economics (LSE). Prior to joining the Stockholm School of Economics, she was a Lecturer at LSE, teaching on the Master of Public Administration Program.

Marieke Huysentruyt’s research interests lie at the intersection of behavioral economics, organizational economics and development. Professor Huysentruyt’s current work can be grouped into two broad areas: First, she explores the effects of personal values, organizational culture and management practices on organizational outcomes, drawing on both experimental and large-scale panel data. Second, she collaborates with a wide-ranging set of companies and social enterprises in Europe to test (at an unusually large scale) and evaluate the effects of behaviorally inspired new products and services that are designed to address specific needs of poor households in developed and emerging market economies.

In synergy with her academic work, Marieke co-founded and co-leads the R&D strategies of a number of social entrepreneurial ventures: social enterprise incubator and research lab (Oksigen Lab); a shared values strategy consultancy (i-propeller); a social impact investment fund (SI2 Fund); a global panel database on social enterprises. She also co-initiated and co-leads a multi-disciplinary research project on social enterprise and innovation, funded by the European Commission (SEFORÏS).

Mario Macis

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Mario Macis

Mario Macis is Assistant Professor of Economics and Management at the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. He is also Associate Faculty at the Armstrong Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (Health Economics program), and Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

Mario’s research focuses on incentives, pro-social behavior, morally controversial transactions, global health and labor economics. He has conducted large-scale randomized controlled trials in partnership with blood banks (including the American Red Cross) to study the interplay between intrinsic motivation and incentives in pro-social behavior. In recent work at the intersection of economics and bioethics, he studies attitudes toward morally controversial economic transactions such as payments for human organs for transplantation. In ongoing work, he is running a field experiment that taps into people’s social networks in India to improve tuberculosis detection. Mario’s research has received various competitive grants, including grants from the National Science Foundation and the World Bank’s Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund.

Mario received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Social Disciplines from Bocconi University in Milan, and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining Carey, he was Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. He has been a consultant for the World Bank, the International Labor Organization and the National Marrow Donor Program.

Matt Ryan

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Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan is the global CEO of The United Network, the creatively driven micro-network owned by WPP. The agency, whose hub is Berlin Cameron United in NY, is known for leveraging popular culture on behalf of clients and their brands. Prior to his current positions with the agency, Matt was Co-Chairman of Havas Worldwide New York and President of Global Brands at Havas Worldwide. He joined Havas from sister agency Arnold Worldwide, where he served as EVP and Executive Director and led the agency’s winning team in the global Volvo review.

Early in his career, Matt worked in account management at several agencies including Doyle Dane Bernbach (Popeye’s), Ally & Gargano (MCI), and Lord, Geller, Federico, Einstein/Lord, Einstein, O’Neill (Chase, Northrop, Prince Tennis, Dow Jones). In 1990, Matt founded the integrated agency Ryan, Drossman & Partners, Inc., a pioneer in digital and new technologies that launched lasting digital brands including MovieFone (777-FILM), SportsLine.com, TheStreet.com, Verio, Cantor Fitzgerald’s eSpeed, European Business News (WSJ), and S+ WBIS (Dow Jones and Cablevision). Matt ran the business for 10 years. Drawn to the “first” digital revolution, Matt founded and was CEO of the publicly traded Change Technology Partners and led the team through 12 acquisitions in a 14 month period. Later, he became Executive Vice President and Partner, at the communications management consultancy Roth Associates, where he managed advertising and media agency searches for leading national and global advertisers such as Ford (Jaguar), Toyota, and Shell.

Matt is a member of the Board of Directors of the Advertising Education Foundation. Matt graduated from Syracuse University with a BA in Political Science and a BS in Newspaper Journalism.

Max Bazerman

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Max Bazerman

In addition to being the Straus Professor at the Harvard Business School, Max Bazerman is formally affiliated with the Kennedy School of Government, the Psychology Department, and the Program on Negotiation.

Professor Bazerman’s research focuses on decision making, negotiation, and ethics. He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of nineteen books (including Blind Spots [with Ann Tenbrunsel], Princeton University Press, 2011) and over 200 research articles and chapters. He is a member of the editorial boards of the American Behavioral ScientistJournal of Management and GovernanceMind and SocietyNegotiations and Conflict Management ResearchPsychological and Personality Science, and The Journal of Behavioral Finance. Also, he is a member of the international advisory board of the Negotiation Journal.

From 2002-2008, Professor Bazerman was consistently named one of the top 40 authors, speakers, and teachers of management by Executive Excellence. He was ‘Teacher of the Year’ by the Executive Masters Program of the Kellogg School. In 2003, Professor Bazerman received the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In 2006, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of London (London Business School), the Kulp-Wright Book Award from the American Risk and Insurance Association for Predictable Surprises (with Michael Watkins), and the Life Achievement Award from the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program. In 2008, Professor Bazerman was named as Ethisphere’s 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics, was named one of Daily Kos’ Heroes from the Bush Era for going public about how the Bush Administration corrupted the RICO Tobacco trial, (with Deepak Malhotra) received the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Outstanding Book Award for Negotiation Genius, and received the Distinguished Educator Award from the Academy of Management.

Melissa L. Bradley

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Melissa L. Bradley

Melissa L. Bradley has more than 20 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience. She is a Professor of Practice at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University where she teaches impact investing, social entrepreneurship, P2P economies and innovation. Melissa also serves as a faculty advisor for the Social Venture Lab and runs experiential learning opportunities for students across the entire University.

Previously Melissa served as the Chief Strategy Officer at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). As a presidential appointee, Melissa successfully revised the CNCS four-year strategic plan, completed a feasibility study for a congressionally chartered foundation, and served as the policy lead on the Performance Partnerships Pilot for Disconnected Youth (P3). She was responsible for securing over $15M of public and private sector partnerships to support the President’s Task Force on Expanding National Service in one year; this included securing the largest corporate sponsored AmeriCorps program with the Citi Foundation with an investment of $10M. Melissa also served as a member of a cross-agency team to develop and draft the NOFO for an $11M Pay for Success pilot, the second largest offered by the federal government.

During her tenure at CNCS, Melissa was detailed to the Department of Education to continue her work in support of the President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, designed to bring attention to, and support for decreasing, the disparities facing boys and young men of color. As part of the launch of the President’s initiative, Melissa has authored the chapter on mentoring, launched the national engagement call to action for mentors, served as agency lead on the interagency task force, and identified public-private partnerships to support this important work which included a $13M commitment from AT&T.

Before joining CNCS, Melissa served as Chief Executive Officer of Tides, a network of entities committed to helping donors and doers create a better world. As the first professional CEO she managed over 120 staff in four locations with an annual budget over $20 million. Under Melissa’s leadership, the organization doubled the number of donors in one year and generated the highest contributions since 2000.

Melissa’s corporate experience includes her role as Director of Investment Services at CIT GAP Funds, which provides seed-stage equity investments in Virginia-based technology and life science companies. She also served as Vice President at UBS in the Private Client Group, where she was responsible for developing and releasing online properties to increase wallet share from high net-worth clients.

Melissa currently serves as an Advisor to Renewal 2 Investment Fund. She also holds board positions with Aeris, and the Office Depot Foundation. She serves as an Advisor to Wallet AI, the Center for the Advancement of Social Enterprise (CASE) at Duke University, LGBTQ Center at Georgetown University and Founding Advisor to the Dell Center for Entrepreneurs. She is also Founder and Former Chair of the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Alliance and served as a board member on the Georgetown University Board of Governors for more than 10 years.

Melissa’s educational background includes graduation from Georgetown University in 1989 with a bachelor’s of science degree in Finance from the School of Business, and a master’s degree in Business Administration in Marketing from American University in 1993.

Michael D. Grubb

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Michael D. Grubb

Michael D. Grubb is an Associate Professor of Economics at Boston College. Grubb is a leading expert in the field of behavioral industrial organization whose recent research has focused on overconfidence, bill-shock regulation, and consumer inattention. His recent publications include, “Consumer Inattention and Bill-Shock Regulation” (Review of Economic Studies, 2015), “Cellular Service Demand: Biased Beliefs, Learning, and Bill Shock” (American Economic Review, 2015), and “Overconfident Consumers in the Marketplace” (Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2015). His additional research interests include applied microeconomic theory, industrial organization, online advertising, and market design. Grubb has been invited to speak about the connection between behavioral industrial organization and policy at the US Federal Trade Commission and the UK Financial Conduct Authority. He is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics, and is on the advisory board of the Rubicon Project, a company that automates the buying and selling of online advertising. Before arriving at Boston College, Grubb was an Assistant Professor of Applied Economics at MIT Sloan School of Management from 2007 to 2013, a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University from 2009 to 2010, and a consulting researcher at Microsoft Research from 2009 to 2012.

Michael Luca

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Michael Luca

Michael Luca is an assistant professor of business administration in the Negotiation, Organizations, and Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. He teaches the Negotiations course in the MBA elective curriculum. Professor Luca applies econometric methods to field data in order to study the impact of information in market settings. He investigates the types and features of information disclosure that are most effective, the way in which information disclosure is produced and designed, and how these phenomena affect market structure. In his research, Professor Luca considers rankings, expert reviews, online consumer reviews, and quality disclosure laws.

His current work focuses on crowdsourced reviews, analyzing a variety of companies including Yelp, Amazon, and Airbnb. His findings have been written and blogged about in such media outlets as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Harvard Business Review, PC World Magazine, and Salon.

Professor Luca received his PhD in economics from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from SUNY Albany. Before beginning his doctoral studies, he worked as a health-care actuary for major insurers.

Michael Norton

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Michael Norton

Michael Norton is an Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Marketing Unit and Marvin Bower Fellow at the Harvard Business School. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and English from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University. Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, he was a Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

His work has been published in a number of leading academic journals, including Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and the Annual Review of Psychology, and has been covered in media outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. His research has twice been featured in the New York Times Magazine Year in Ideas issue, in 2007 (Ambiguity Promotes Liking) and 2009 (The Counterfeit Self). His “The IKEA Effect: When Labor Leads to Love” was featured in Harvard Business Review’s Breakthrough Ideas for 2009.

Michael S. Barr

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Michael S. Barr

Michael S. Barr is a member of ideas42′s Scientific Advisory Board. He is a professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, where he teaches Financial Institutions and International Finance, among other courses. Barr is also a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and the Brookings Institution.

Barr was on leave from 2009-2010, serving as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions. He was a key architect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

As an academic, Barr conducts large-scale empirical research regarding financial services and low- and moderate-income households and researches and writes about a wide range of issues in financial regulation. He is author of No Slack: The Financial Lives of Low-Income Americans (Brookings Press, 2012), and the co-editor of Insufficient Funds (Russell Sage, 2009, with Blank), and Building Inclusive Financial Systems (Brookings Press, 2007, with Kumar and Litan). Other recent publications include An Opt-Out Home Mortgage SystemBehaviorally Informed Financial Services RegulationThird-Party Tax AdministrationAn Inclusive Progressive National Savings and Financial Services PolicyCredit Where it CountsBanking the PoorMicrofinance and Financial Development, and Global Administrative Law: The View from Basel.

He previously served as Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin’s Special Assistant, as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, as Special Advisor to President William J. Clinton, as a special advisor and counselor on the policy planning staff at the State Department, and as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and Judge Pierre N. Leval, then of the Southern District of New York.

Barr received his J.D. from Yale Law School, his M.Phil. in international relations from Magdalen College, Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar, and his B.A., summa cum laude, with honors in history, from Yale University.

Nava Ashraf

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Nava Ashraf

Nava Ashraf is an Associate Professor in the Negotiations, Organizations, and Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. Professor Ashraf received her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 2005, and her B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Stanford University.

Professor Ashraf’s research combines psychology and economics, using both lab and field experiments to test insights from behavioral economics in the context of development projects in Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. Her experiments address behavior change in health and health services delivery, in agricultural production, and in microfinance. She has conducted research on questions of intra-household decision making in the areas of finance and fertility, with a special focus on women’s empowerment. Her research is published in leading journals including the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives.

She is a Faculty Affiliate of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab at M.I.T., dedicated to the use of randomized trials as a tool for learning what works in international development, and a Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research. She has been awarded a Queen’s Jubilee Medal for service by the Government of Canada, and is the youngest person ever to receive the Order of British Columbia.

Nicholas Epley

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Nicholas Epley

Nicholas Epley conducts research on the experimental study of social cognition, perspective taking, and intuitive human judgment. “Most people are intuitive psychologists in their daily lives – wondering why people think or behave as they do. I just happened to find a profession that enables me to answer these questions for a living,” explains Professor Epley.

His research has appeared in more than two dozen journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social PsychologyPsychological SciencePsychological Review; and the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. His research also has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Wired, and National Public Radio, among many others; has been funded by the National Science Foundation; and has earned the 2008 Theoretical Innovation Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the 2010 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributions from the American Psychological Association.

Professor Epley received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy in 1996 from Saint Olaf College. In 2001, he graduated from Cornell University with a Ph.D. in psychology, where he earned a Graduate Teaching Award from the Department of Psychology as well as a Cornell University Teaching Fellowship. Epley became an Assistant Professor at Harvard University, and then joined the Chicago Booth faculty in 2004.

Nigel Morris

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Nigel Morris

Nigel Morris is the managing partner of QED Investors, a direct investment fund focused on high growth companies that leverage the power of data strategies. In addition, he works in an advisory capacity with General Atlantic Partners and Oliver Wyman Consulting. He serves on the board of numerous for profit companies, including TransUnion, Red Ventures, Network Solutions, Prosper, Clearspring Technologies, Media Math, and Mobile Posse. He is also on the board of the Brookings Institution, National Geographic Ventures, and the London Business School.

Previously, Nigel co-founded Capital One Financial Services in 1994. Under Nigel’s leadership, Capital One pioneered an information-based strategy that fundamentally transformed the consumer lending industry. Combining advanced statistical marketing techniques with nascent information technologies, the company reduced costs to conventional borrowers, extended capital to overlooked consumers, expanded internationally, and produced extraordinary returns for investors.

During Nigel’s ten-year tenure, Capital One’s sales grew at a compound annual rate of more than 40%. Over this same decade, earnings per share growth and return on equity both exceeded 20% per year, a financial performance attained by only a handful of American companies. Upon his retirement in 2004, Capital One’s 15,000 employees across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom managed over $80 billion of loans for 50 million customers. Generating over $1.5 billion in earnings, Capital One had successfully transitioned from an emerging start up into an established public company valued at over $20 billion.

Nigel has a BSC in Psychology from the East London University and a MBA with distinction from London Business School, where he is also a Fellow. Nigel lives with his wife and four children in Virginia.

Paul Brest

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Paul Brest

Paul Brest is Former Dean and Professor Emeritus (active), at Stanford Law School, a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and co-director of the Stanford Law and Policy Lab. He was president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation from 2000-2012.

He is co-author of Money Well Spent: A Strategic Guide to Smart Philanthropy (2008),Problem Solving, Decision Making, and Professional Judgment (2010),and articles on constitutional law, philanthropy, and impact investing. His current courses include Problem Solving for Public Policy and Social Change, Measuring and Improving Social Impact, and Advanced Topics in Philanthropy and Impact Investing. He also is the instructor in an online course, Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy, offered by Philanthropy University.

Professor Brest is a fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and holds honorary degrees from Northwestern University School of Law and Swarthmore College. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1969, he clerked for Judge Bailey Aldrich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Justice John M. Harlan of the U.S. Supreme Court, and did civil rights litigation with the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in Mississippi.

Paul Ferraro

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Paul Ferraro

Paul Ferraro is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Business and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He has a joint appointment in the Whiting School and the Carey Business School. He also serves as co-Director of the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-environmental Research (CBEAR). His research focuses on behavioral economics and the design and evaluation of environmental programs in the private and public sector. Because these research areas are multi-disciplinary and applied, he collaborates with scientists and engineers from a variety of social, natural and physical science disciplines, as well as practitioners in the field.

Ferraro holds a B.A. and M.S. from Duke University and received his Ph.D. at Cornell University. He is the Humanitas Visiting Professor in Sustainability Studies at Cambridge University, a Senior Science Fellow at the World Wildlife Fund, and a former science advisor to the Global Environment Facility.

Paul J. Zak

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Paul J. Zak

Paul J. Zak is a scientist, prolific author, and public speaker. His book The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity was published in 2012 and was a finalist for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. He is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Zak also serves as Professor of Neurology at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He has degrees in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in economics from University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral training in neuroimaging from Harvard. He is credited with the first published use of the term “neuroeconomics” and has been a vanguard in this new discipline. He organized and administers the first doctoral program in neuroeconomics. Dr. Zak’s lab discovered in 2004 that the brain chemical oxytocin allows us to determine who to trust. His current research has shown that oxytocin is responsible for virtuous behaviors, working as the brain’s “moral molecule.” This knowledge is being used to understand the basis for civilization and modern economies, improve negotiations, and treat patients with neurologic and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Zak’s work on oxytocin and relationships has earned him the nickname “Dr. Love.” His current work applies neuroscience to improve marketing and consumer experiences, and to build high performance organizations. 

Paul Slovic

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Paul Slovic

Paul Slovic is president of Decision Research and a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon. He studies human judgment, decision making, and risk perception, and has published extensively on these topics. His most recent work examines “psychic numbing” and the failure to respond to mass human tragedies. Dr. Slovic received a B.A. degree from Stanford University, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, and honorary doctorates from the Stockholm School of Economics and the University of East Anglia. He is past president of the Society for Risk Analysis and in 1991 received its Distinguished Contribution Award. In 1993, Dr. Slovic received the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the American Psychological Association, and in 1995 he received the Outstanding Contribution to Science Award from the Oregon Academy of Science.

Peter R. Orszag

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Peter R. Orszag

Peter R. Orszag is Vice Chairman of Global Banking at Citigroup, Inc. and a member of the Senior Strategic Advisory Group there. He is also a Contributing Columnist at Bloomberg View and an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to joining Citigroup in January 2011, he served as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a Contributing Columnist at the New York Times.

Dr. Orszag previously served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Obama Administration from January 2009 until July 2010, having been confirmed by the Senate on January 20, 2009. In that Cabinet-level role, he oversaw the Administration’s budget policy, coordinated the implementation of major policy initiatives throughout the federal government, and reviewed federal regulatory action, among other responsibilities. From January 2007 to December 2008, Dr. Orszag was the Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), supervising the agency’s work in providing objective, nonpartisan, and timely analyses of economic and budgetary issues. Under his leadership, the agency significantly expanded its focus on areas such as health care and climate change.

Before joining CBO, Dr. Orszag was the Joseph A. Pechman Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. While at Brookings, he also served as Director of The Hamilton Project; Director of the Retirement Security Project; and Codirector of the Tax Policy Center, a joint venture with the Urban Institute. In previous government service, Dr. Orszag served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and as Senior Economic Adviser at the National Economic Council during 1997 and 1998. He had earlier served as a staff economist and then Senior Adviser and Senior Economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.

Dr. Orszag graduated summa cum laude in economics from Princeton University and obtained an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics, which he attended as a Marshall Scholar. He has coauthored or coedited a number of books, including Protecting the Homeland 2006/7 (2006), Aging Gracefully: Ideas to Improve Retirement Security in America (2006), Saving Social Security: A Balanced Approach (2004), and American Economic Policy in the 1990s (2002). Dr. Orszag is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Sciences.

Philip Oreopoulos

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Philip Oreopoulos

Philip Oreopoulos is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and his M.A. from the University of British Columbia. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Research Fellow at Statistics Canada. He held a previous visiting appointment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Oreopoulos is a referee for several publications including the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Dr. Oreopoulos’ research focuses on particular factors in early stages of a person’s development that contribute to long-run well-being and social-economic success. Some of these factors may be determined by individuals’ own decisions (e.g. choosing whether to drop out of school, how hard to study), or by external circumstances beyond individuals’ control (e.g. living in a poor neighborhood, born into a low-income and low-educated family, graduating in a recession, or placed in a class with an uninspiring teacher). Dr. Oreopoulos tries to identify these influences from a variety of experimental and quasi-experimental methods, with an eye on the possibility that large society gains may arise through policies that alter these circumstances.

Phoebe Ellsworth

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Phoebe Ellsworth

Phoebe Ellsworth is the Frank Murphy Distinguished University Professor of Law and Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has conducted pioneering scholarship in the field of psychology and law. She has published widely on the subjects of person perception and emotion, public opinion and the death penalty, and jury behavior. Her most recent articles have appeared in American Psychologist;Journal of Personality and Social Psychology; and Behavioral Sciences and the Law.

Professor Ellsworth is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the board of trustees of the Law and Society Association and the executive board of the Death Penalty Information Center, and an international review committee member for the Swiss National Science Foundation. Professor Ellsworth is a graduate of Harvard and Stanford universities.

Piyush Tantia
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Piyush Tantia

Executive Director

Piyush Tantia is co-Executive Director at ideas42. Since joining ideas42 in 2009 he has worked closely with leading academics from Harvard, MIT and Princeton to design and implement solutions in various areas including household finance, education, international development, poverty, criminal justice and healthcare. Along with ideas42’s co-founders, he transitioned the organization from a research initiative at Harvard University to an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Prior to joining ideas42, Piyush was a Partner in Oliver Wyman’s Retail Banking and Finance & Risk practices. During his 14 years at Oliver Wyman, he advised clients in a vast array of retail financial services businesses including consumer lending, deposits, microfinance, and serving the unbanked and underbanked.

Piyush has been a visiting lecturer at the Princeton Woodrow Wilson School and frequently lectures at Harvard, Wharton and Columbia. Piyush has served on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Behavior and the board of the MIX. He is on the executive committee for Innovation for Poverty Action’s Financial Capability Research Fund. He holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a B.S.Econ from the Wharton School and a B.S.E. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Richard H. Thaler

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Richard H. Thaler

Richard H. Thaler is a member of ideas42′s Scientific Advisory Board. He is the Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics and the director of the Center for Decision Research at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. Originally from New Jersey, Thaler attended Case Western Reserve University where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1967. Soon after, he attended the University of Rochester where he received a master’s degree in 1970 and a Ph.D. in 1974. Before joining the University of Chicago faculty in 1995, Thaler taught at the University of Rochester and Cornell as well as visiting stints at The University of British Columbia, the Sloan School of Management at MIT, the Russell Sage Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

Thaler studies behavioral economics and finance as well as the psychology of decision-making which lies in the gap between economics and psychology. His column, Anomalies, in the Journal of Economic Perspectives, brought the first sustained attention to many phenomena unexplained by conventional economic theory. His articles documented how phenomena such as risk aversion, cooperation in the Prisoner’s Dilemma, rejection in the Ultimatum game, and international trade could not plausibly be explained without relaxing the standard assumptions of rationality and selfishness.

Thaler is the co-author (with Cass R. Sunstein) of the global best seller Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness, in which the concepts of behavioral economics are used to tackle many of society’s major problems. He is a regular contributor to the Economic View column of The New York Times and has published a number of articles in prominent journals such as the American Economics Review, the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Political Economy. He has authored or edited four other books: Quasi-Rational EconomicsThe Winner’s Curse: Paradoxes and Anomalies of Economic Life, and Advances in Behavioral Finance (editor) Volumes I and II.

Thaler is an adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Behavioural Insight Team, a member of the American Academy of Arts and the co-director (with Robert Shiller) of the NBER project on behavioral economics. He has served as Vice President of the American Economics Association and was elected a Fellow of the American Finance Association.

Robert H. Frank

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Robert H. Frank

Robert H. Frank is the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Demos. For more than a decade, his “Economic View” column appeared monthly in The New York Times. He received his B.S. in mathematics from Georgia Tech, then taught math and science for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Nepal. He holds an M.A. in statistics and a Ph.D. in economics, both from the University of California at Berkeley. His papers have appeared in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, and other leading professional journals.

His books, which include Choosing the Right Pond, Passions Within Reason, Microeconomics and Behavior, Principles of Economics (with Ben Bernanke), Luxury Fever, What Price the Moral High Ground?, Falling Behind, The Economic Naturalist, The Darwin Economy, and Success and Luck, have been translated into 23 languages. The Winner-Take-All Society, co-authored with Philip Cook, received a Critic’s Choice Award, was named a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times, and was included in Business Week’s list of the ten best books of 1995. He is a co-recipient of the 2004 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. He was awarded the Johnson School’s Stephen Russell Distinguished teaching award in 2004, 2010, and 2012, and its Apple Distinguished Teaching Award in 2005.

Sendhil Mullainathan

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Sendhil Mullainathan

Sendhil Mullainathan is a Scientific Adviser at ideas42. He is also a Professor of Economics at Harvard, is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” and conducts research on development economics, behavioral economics, and corporate finance.  His research helps bring an understanding of the psychology of scarcity, with the end goal of improving poverty alleviation programs in the U.S. and in developing countries.

Sim Sitkin

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Sim Sitkin

Sim Sitkin is Professor of Management, Director of the Behavioral Science and Policy Center and Faculty Director of the Fuqua/Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics at Duke University. He is also Co-Founder of the Behavioral Science and Policy Association. Previously at Duke, he served as Academic Director at Duke Corporate Education, Area Head for the Management and Organizations Department and Faculty Director of the Health Sector Management Program. He has previously served on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin and the Free University of Amsterdam. His research has won numerous awards and he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management in 2010, International Network on Trust Research in 2010, and the Society of Organizational Behavior in 2013.

Professor Sitkin’s research focuses on leadership and control systems, and their influence on how organizations and their members become more or less capable of change and innovation. He is widely known for his research on the effect of formal and informal organizational control systems and leadership on risk taking, accountability, trust, learning, M&A processes, and innovation. His research has appeared in numerous journals, book chapters and books, including his most recent books — Organizational Control (2010), The Six Domains of Leadership (2015) and Companion to Trust (2016, forthcoming).

Sitkin is currently Editor of Behavioral Science and Policy, Editor of the Academy of Management Annals, Consulting Editor of Science You Can Use, Advisory Board Member of the Journal of Trust Research, and Academic Advisory Board Member of the Behavioural Insights Team. He has worked as a consultant and executive educator with many large and small corporations, non-profit and government organizations worldwide. In this work, he has focused on strategic leadership, leading and managing change (including mergers and acquisitions), organizational learning and knowledge management, and the design of organizational control systems. He has worked with a number of large and small corporations, and non-profit and government organizations concerned with education, employment and social services. Prior to obtaining his PhD in organizational behavior from Stanford University, Sim spent over ten years in a variety of executive roles with responsibility for planning, information technology, financial administration, and research in consulting, non-profit, and government organizations.

Stefano DellaVigna

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Stefano DellaVigna

Stefano DellaVigna was educated at Harvard University, where he received his PhD in 2002, the same year he joined UC Berkeley as an assistant professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008. He is a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship for the years 2008-2010 and has been Principal Investigator for an NSF grant.Professor DellaVigna is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a 2008 recipient of UC Berkeley’s Campus-Wide Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as a 2004 Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award.

Susan T. Fiske

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Susan T. Fiske

Susan T. Fiske is Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology, Princeton University. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University, and honorary doctorates from Université catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium; Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands. She wrote three editions of Social Cognition (1984, 1991, 2008, each with Taylor). She has written more than 250 articles and chapters, as well as editing many books and journal special issues. Notably, she edits the Annual Review of Psychology (with Schacter and others) and the Handbook of Social Psychology (with Gilbert and Lindzey, 5e, 2010). She also wrote an upper-level integrative text, Social Beings: A Core Motives Approach to Social Psychology (2004, 2010) and edited Beyond Common Sense: Psychological Science in the Courtroom(2008, with Borgida). Her just-published book (2011), sponsored by the Guggenheim and Russell Sage Foundations, is about how we compare ourselves all the time, and the problems this makes for us as individuals, partners, students, employees, and citizens. The book is Envy Up, Scorn Down: How Status Divides Us.

Currently, as a social psychologist, she investigates emotional prejudices (pity, contempt, envy, and pride) at cultural, interpersonal, and neural levels, research funded by the Russell Sage Foundation (2008-2010) and previously funded by the National Science Foundation (1984-1986, 1995-1997) and the National Institutes of Health (1986-1995).

Suzanne B. Shu

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Suzanne B. Shu

Suzanne B. Shu is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. She received BS and Masters of Engineering degrees in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and MBA and PhD degrees from University of Chicago, where her coursework focused on behavioral economics and marketing. Her research interests include intertemporal choice and multi-period decision making, the influence of self-control and procrastination on consumer behavior, and consumer decisions about financial products.

Professor Shu’s work on financial products, specifically mortgages and annuities, was recently awarded with a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and she is a member of the Behavioral Economics and Consumer Finance Working Group sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation. She has publications in top marketing and psychology journals as well as a chapter in The Blackwell Handbook of Judgment and Decision Making, and her research has been featured in the New York TimesThe AtlanticTimeUSA News and World ReportCBS NewsNBC NewsCNN Money, National Public Radio, Yahoo Finance, and other national and international media outlets. In addition to her work in academia, Professor Shu has worked as a product line manager, an IT project manager, and as a management consultant in sales force design. Professor Shu has taught marketing and decision making courses to MBA students at UCLA, SMU, the University of Chicago, and INSEAD.

Thomas Gilovich

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Thomas Gilovich

Thomas Gilovich is Professor of Psychology at Cornell University and co-director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision Research. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Stanford University. His research focuses on how people evaluate information in their everyday and professional lives, and how they use that information to draw conclusions, form beliefs, and embark on courses of action. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health.

His books include How We Know What Isn’t So (1991), Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes(1999, with Gary Belsky), Heuristics and Biases: The Psychology of Intuitive Judgment (2002, with Dale Griffin and Daniel Kahneman), and Social Psychology (2004, with Dacher Keltner and Richard Nisbett). He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.

Todd Rogers

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Todd Rogers

Todd Rogers is a Scientific Director at ideas42. He is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Todd is a behavioral scientist who tries to understand and influence socially consequential problems. His research attempts to bridge the gap between intention and action. Some topics he has studied include the cognitive and social factors that influence election participation (e.g., get-out-the-vote activities informed by psychological insights), and how time-inconsistent preferences can be leveraged to increase support for future-minded policies and choices (e.g., support for environmental legislation, ordering healthier foods, and watching high-brow movies). His recent work develops and tests behavioral science informed interventions in classrooms. Prior to joining the faculty at HKS he was founding Executive Director of the Analyst Institute, LLC, which uses randomized field experiments and behavioral science insights to understand and improve voter communication programs. Todd was named a Rising Star by Politics Magazine for his work in the 2008 election cycle, and a 40 under 40 award winner by New Leaders Council for leadership in politics. He received his Ph.D. jointly from Harvard’s department of Psychology and Harvard Business School, and received his B.A. from Williams College.

Uri Gneezy

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Uri Gneezy

Uri Gneezy, Ph.D., is the Epstein/Atkinson Endowed Chair in Behavioral Economics and Professor of Economics & Strategy at the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego and a visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam (CREED). His early work on when and why incentives can backfire has become the cornerstone in a compelling line of research that explores when traditional economic theories fail to explain real human behavior. His research focuses on putting behavioral economics to work in the real world, where theory can meet application. Examples include using incentives to change behavior and create habits, understanding unethical decision making and increasing charitable giving. His work was published in top Economics journals such as the American economic Review, Quarterly Journal of economics and Econometrica, as well as general interest journals such as Science and PNAS. Uri is the co-author of the bestseller, The Why Axis.

Gneezy received a PhD in Economics from Tilburg University, and a B.A. in Economics from Tel Aviv University. Gneezy was a faculty member at Chicago University, the Technion and the University of Haifa.

 

Ziad Obermeyer

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Ziad Obermeyer

Ziad Obermeyer is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and a practicing emergency physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His research applies traditional statistics and machine learning to study high-stakes clinical decisions: emergency diagnosis and treatment, predicting mortality, and end-of-life care. His work has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the British Medical Journal, and Health Affairs, and featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Science, and Nature. He is a recipient of an Early Independence Award from the NIH Common Fund.

Alissa Fishbane
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Alissa Fishbane

Managing Director

Alissa Fishbane is a Managing Director at ideas42. She has extensive experience converting innovative, evidence-based ideas into practice, having designed, tested and scaled interventions in developing countries and the United States across areas including global health, education, criminal justice and financial inclusion.

Before joining ideas42, Alissa was the Managing Director and a founding executive of Deworm the World, which she helped grow from zero to serving 35 million children annually by scaling school deworming programs with government partners. Prior to that, she was the Latin America Director and founding Mexico Country Director for Innovations for Poverty Action, where she developed and implemented randomized evaluations reaching over 375,000 low-income families. Most recently Alissa was a Senior Director at City Year, where she led the design and business planning process to create a new secondary school for underserved youth.

Alissa graduated with honors in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley and has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Mark Eden
Director of Finance & Administration

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Mark Eden

Director of Finance & Administration

Mark Eden is the Director of Finance and Administration at ideas42, where he applies over 20 years accounting and operations experience gathered from Europe and America. Primarily working in the audit, services and education sectors, he has frequently assisted startups and rapidly growing organizations in commercial and non-profit environments. Prior to ideas42, Mark worked at the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society working with New York ACS, helping to roll out their Early Learn program for a group of early childhood education centers in low income areas of Brooklyn. When not discovering new tips and tricks for Excel, Mark is a passionate collector of underground music and can often be found in his basement studio deconstructing his favorite tracks. Mark has a BA in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Sheffield (UK), and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Saugato Datta
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Saugato Datta

Managing Director

Saugato Datta is a Managing Director at ideas42. He works with partners to design, test and scale programs and products that use behavioral economics to benefit poor people in developing countries. He is also helping ideas42 think about its strategy for impact in the developing world, and writes extensively on the application of behavioral economics to development programs and more generally.

Before joining ideas42, Saugato spent three years writing about economics at The Economist in London. His beat included behavioral and development economics, international trade, academic research, and the international financial institutions. He also edited the third edition of Economics: Making Sense of the Modern Economy, an edited selection of Economist articles about economics. Prior to this, he was a researcher at the World Bank in Washington, DC. He has published papers on discrimination in Indian labor markets and the effects of infrastructure development in developing countries. Saugato has a PhD in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Cambridge University and the University of Delhi.

Ted Robertson
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Ted Robertson

Managing Director

Ted Robertson is a Managing Director at ideas42. He works on the strategy and application of behavioral science to health care, city government, and national civics. He has extensive experience across government, non-profit, and for-profit sectors transforming existing organizations as well as launching and scaling new ventures.

Immediately before joining ideas42, he was a Visiting Scholar and Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in its civic innovation practice. At HKS, he focused on the watershed nation-building process by Native American governments and the burgeoning civic technology and data-smart government space. Prior to that, he worked with the Los Angeles Transportation Authority, Bus Riders Union, and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund to lead a data-driven redesign of the Los Angeles transit system, particularly focused on people-centered design, public health, and sustainability.

He holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School focused on digital management and transformation, creating innovation cultures, and business strategy, and a B.A. in History from Oberlin College.

Will Tucker
Managing Director

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Will Tucker

Managing Director

Will Tucker is a Managing Director at ideas42, where he works on household finance, consumer protection, and anti-poverty projects. Born in his grandparents’ house in Iowa, Will grew up in Iowa City and Japan. A Truman Scholar, he graduated with degrees in Africana Studies and Public Policy & American Institutions from Brown University, where he was a member of the President’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. He also received an MPA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, with a certificate in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. He has worked at the US Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget, as Director of the Rhode Island Urban Debate League, in public health and information technology evaluation, at the Department of Justice, and on the 2008 Obama campaign in Iowa. Able to stumble through conversations and self-deprecating jokes in Japanese and Spanish, Will has been safety-certified in forklift, jackhammer, and chainsaw operation.

William Congdon
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William Congdon

Managing Director

William Congdon is a Managing Director at ideas42. His work covers the application of behavioral insights to topics including public finance, labor economics, and consumer finance, with an emphasis on the role of testing and evaluation in program design. Prior to joining ideas42, he was a Research Director in the Brookings Institution’s Economic Studies program. He has previously served as the Staff Economist for education and labor at the Council of Economic Advisers. He holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton University.

Andy Plews
Director of Communications

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Andy Plews

Director of Communications

Andy Plews is Director of Communications for ideas42. He is responsible for driving the organization’s strategic communications to support overall growth, project development, brand and reputation. Before joining ideas42, he spent 12 years based in Toronto leading Corporate Communications, Government Relations and Community Affairs for BMO Financial Group, a North American financial services company. He joined BMO in 2002 as Vice President Corporate Communications for BMO Harris Bank in Chicago.

Prior to joining BMO, Andy was Director of Media Relations for United Airlines in Chicago, responsible for the airline’s media relations strategy in North America and 26 countries around the world. In that capacity he was a key member of the airline’s executive crisis management team on 9/11.

Andy serves on the Board of the Immigrant Defense Project and is a past Board member of City Year Chicago. He has a B.A. in Modern History from St John’s College, Oxford.

Anthony Barrows
Vice President

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Anthony Barrows

Vice President

Anthony Barrows is a Vice President at ideas42 where he focuses on domestic poverty, local government, post-secondary education, and civic engagement. Anthony previously worked over ten years in child welfare, spanning positions in direct service, supervision, training, advocacy, project management and system improvement. He is also a practicing artist and has led art classes and arts-oriented youth development programming. As a native Bostonian, he is also sports-obsessed and spends much of his spare time trying to convince his wife and son to care as much about the Red Sox as he does. Anthony holds a BA in Philosophy and Art from UMass Boston, an MFA in Printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he was a Gleitsman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership.

Ethan Fletcher
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Ethan Fletcher

Vice President

Ethan Fletcher is a Vice President at ideas42. Ethan’s professional background is in technology startups, management consulting, and politics. He has co-founded and helped run three startups, including most recently serving as COO/CFO of Kandu, which aims to democratize the creation of touch-media with a product that lets kids make games and mini-apps without knowing how to code. Ethan has several years of experience in strategy, modeling, and data analysis — in both business and political settings. As a management consultant at Navigant Consulting and McKinsey & Company he built valuation, pricing-optimization, and related financial models to help Fortune Global 500 clients assess strategic choices. As a senior analyst at Washington DC-based NCEC Services, he advised Members of Congress and their legal counsel on redistricting strategy and worked with campaign managers to optimize voter contact plans. Ethan holds a BS in Civil Engineering and a BA in Economics from Tufts University and a JD from Yale Law School.

Josh Martin
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Josh Martin

Vice President

Josh Martin is a Vice President at ideas42, responsible for overseeing behavioral science intervention programs in diverse fields from domestic financial aid reform to international livelihoods programs. Prior to joining ideas42, Josh was a policy advisor in Côte d’Ivoire’s Ministry of Planning and Development, having previously held posts at Cordoba Initiative and Princeton University’s Empirical Studies of Conflict program and consulting roles at the World Bank, USAID, the National Democratic Institute, and others. His interests include cash transfer programs, financial inclusion, moral finance, conflict dynamics, corruption, political decision-making, and sports both outdoor and indoor (including table tennis in which he is the undisputed, feared and revered champion of the ideas42 office). Josh has a masters from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and speaks Arabic and French.

Karina Lorenzana
Vice President

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Karina Lorenzana

Vice President

Karina Lorenzana is a Vice President at ideas42 working on a range of international development projects in health, environment, and financial services. Prior to joining ideas42, Karina worked at the Clinton Foundation Climate Initiative and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Karina also served in the US Peace Corps in El Salvador. Karina graduated magna cum laude with high thesis honors from Tufts University with a BA in International Relations. She also holds an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University with a certificate in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy. When not immersed in behavioral economics and international development pursuits, Karina also acts as the resident vermiculturist and yoga instructor at ideas42.

Katy Davis
Vice President

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Katy Davis

Vice President

Katy Davis is a Vice President at ideas42, where she specializes in economic mobility and education projects. As a student at Yale School of Management, Katy conducted research that applied insights from behavioral science to microfinance and savings products. Previously, she worked at Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC as a mergers and acquisitions analyst. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Okakarara, Namibia. Katy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College with a BA in Mathematics and holds an MBA from Yale School of Management. She enjoys jokes.

Marina Dimova
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Marina Dimova

Vice President

Marina Dimova is a Vice President at ideas42. She designs, tests and scales behaviorally-informed products and programs in consumer finance, international development and financial inclusion. Her work spans projects with U.S. financial institutions aimed at improving financial management behaviors and loan repayment outcomes, as well as the scale-up of a heuristics-based financial management training for microentrepreneurs in developing countries. She also works on the design of pro-poor social programs. Prior to ideas42, Marina was an Associate Director at Ikatu International where she led the strategic research on the design of a youth employment and skills training program in West Africa. She has also worked on agricultural value chains and private sector development with the World Bank, as well as finance and healthcare consulting.

Marina holds a BA in Economics and Government from Franklin & Marshall College, and an MPA degree in International Development from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She enjoys road trips, dance, mountains and good conversations.

Matthew Darling
Vice President

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Matthew Darling

Vice President

Matthew Darling is a Vice President at ideas42 and Teaching Fellow in Economic Design at Harvard University. He has contributed to ideas42 projects in poverty, health care, early childhood education, financial literacy, mortgage default reduction, climate change, and labor economics. Like all humans, Matt has a limited memory – he might be forgetting a few project domains. Matt graduated from Hampshire College with a self-designed concentration in economics and cognitive science, and from Tufts University with a MS in economics. He has previously worked as a consultant at Kohlberg and Associates, and as a research assistant at the Stanford Neuroeconomics Lab. In his copious free time he enjoys reading, biking and playing ultimate frisbee or board games.

Abigail Kim
Senior Associate

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Abigail Kim

Senior Associate

Abigail Kim is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Previously, she served as a business development associate at International Relief and Development, a leading implementer of overseas development assistance. Abigail has also worked for The Management Center, an organization that helps nonprofits get better results by teaching critical management skills, and for the North East Asia field office of the International Crisis Group. In addition to fieldwork in North and Southeast Asia, she has conducted assessments in Haiti and post-revolution Egypt. Abigail holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Alex Blau
Senior Associate

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Alex Blau

Senior Associate

Alex Blau is a Senior Associate at ideas42 currently focusing on challenges in consumer finance, design and decision-making, and international development. Prior to joining ideas42, Alex worked as a research analyst at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, examining the exit-strategies of a number of large, Title-II funded integrated nutrition interventions in Kenya. In addition, Alex has extensive experience developing agricultural supply chains for small-scale organic farmers in the Caribbean. Alex holds an MSc in food policy and applied nutrition science from Tufts University, and a BA in political science with a focus in international relations from Brown University.

Andreana Kenrick
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Andreana Kenrick

Senior Associate

Andreana C. Kenrick is a Senior Associate at ideas42, currently working on projects to promote youth civic engagement and the financial health of low income populations. Andreana received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Princeton University, where she investigated how social processes could be harnessed to reduce prejudice and improve intergroup attitudes and interactions. While at Princeton, Andreana also served as the Health and Life Chair for the Graduate School and advocated for mental health resources on campus. Andreana holds her B.S. with Honors in psychology from Arizona State University and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University, Chicago, where she studied how familial and social factors influenced maladaptive eating habits and mental health outcomes over time.

 

Andrew Fertig
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Andrew Fertig

Senior Associate

Andrew Fertig is a Senior Associate at Ideas42.  Prior to joining ideas42, Andrew was a William J. Clinton fellow with the American India Foundation where he worked on issues of professional skills development, health, and agriculture in Jharkhand, India. Passionate about sustainability and the environment, Andrew has also served as the director of a conservation biology field station in Equatorial Guinea, a research technician for the National Park Service in the Galapagos Islands, and as an expedition leader for National Geographic in various parts of South America . He holds a BA in Latin American history from Brown University.

Dan Connolly
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Dan Connolly

Senior Associate

Dan Connolly is a Senior Associate at ideas42. His current work focuses on designing and testing behavioral interventions in consumer finance, postsecondary education, and workforce development. Prior to joining the ideas42 team, Dan worked as a research assistant at Cornell University’s Laboratory for Experimental Economics and Decision Research, as well as Cornell’s Self and Social Insight Lab, where his research examined the incentivization of objective reasoning in political judgment. Dan holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from Cornell University. He misses his tuba dearly.

Dana Guichon
Senior Associate

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Dana Guichon

Senior Associate

Dana Guichon is a Senior Associate at ideas42, currently managing behavioral interventions in the fields of international development and education. Prior to joining ideas42, Dana held posts at the International Rice Research Institute, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and Oxfam America. She also served as an environmental education Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal. Dana holds an MSc in Nutrition and an MA in International Relations from Tufts University, as well as a BA in Government from Georgetown University.

Doug Palmer
Senior Associate

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Doug Palmer

Senior Associate

Doug Palmer is a Senior Associate at ideas42, where he works on projects with the City of Chicago. Prior to joining ideas42, Doug worked in budget and policy roles for various municipal governments—most recently for the City of Seattle—focusing on criminal justice, municipal finance, and transportation issues. Doug also served as an Americorps*VISTA in Boston helping low- and moderate-income people file their taxes and build assets. Doug received his BA in Political Science from the College of Wooster and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Outside of work, he’s looking forward to running along Chicago’s lakefront, refueling with deep-dish pizzas, and watching the Cubs scrap together a few winning seasons.

Erin Sherman
Senior Associate

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Erin Sherman

Senior Associate

Erin Sherman is a Senior Associate at ideas42, and is currently working on scaling up impact in the financial services and education sectors. Prior to joining, she evangelized behavioral science, designed field experiments, and conducted quantitative product research at Opower. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a certificate in environmental studies from Princeton University. As part of the Princeton Human Working Memory Lab, she ran laboratory experiments and composed a senior thesis on the relationships between working memory, goal orientation, political ideology, and energy-saving behaviors. Erin enjoys flavorful vegetarian cooking, befriending cats, and cutting to the heart of the matter.

Faraz Haqqi
Senior Associate

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Faraz Haqqi

Senior Associate

Faraz Haqqi is a Senior Associate at ideas42, where he focuses on addressing behavioral challenges in international settings. Faraz has prior experience working on experimental research and consulting projects relating to health, poverty and governance in South Asia, East Africa, and Central America. Before joining ideas42, he worked with the Center for Global Development, coordinating field research to evaluate the impact of expert information and opportunities for public deliberation on the policy preferences of ordinary Tanzanians. He holds an MPA from Cornell University and a BA from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Hannah Furstenberg-Beckman
Senior Associate

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Hannah Furstenberg-Beckman

Senior Associate

Hannah Furstenberg-Beckman is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, she worked with court-involved youth at The Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services. Passionate about youth issues and education, Hannah has also worked as a Drop-Out Prevention Counselor at a high school in Brooklyn and as a teacher at a bilingual school in Spain. During her year of service with AmeriCorps, she worked as a Legal Advocate at the New York Legal Assistance Group. Hannah graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in psychology. Originally from Philadelphia, she is still searching New York City for a suitable cheesesteak.

Hannah Spring
Senior Associate

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Hannah Spring

Senior Associate

Hannah Spring is a Senior Associate at ideas42, where she manages international health projects. Hannah’s interest in behavioral economics was sparked while she was an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina studying water, sanitation and hygiene. This interest led her to pursue an MSPH from The University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. As a graduate student she worked with The Water Institute at UNC and led a multi-country study on perceptions related to drinking water and health. Prior to joining ideas42, Hannah designed and implemented a behavior change campaign nested within a water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition randomized controlled trial with Innovations for Poverty Action in Kenya. Hannah prefers impromptu dinner parties to Manhattan restaurants and running with podcasts to running with music.

Héber Delgado
Senior Associate

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Héber Delgado

Senior Associate

Héber Manuel Delgado-Medrano is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, Héber worked in economic, financial and econometric modeling, research and policy development in transportation, telecommunications and urban design, as an independent consultant, as a public servant within Mexico’s Federal Telecommunications Regulator and as a transport consultant at Steer Davies Gleave in Mexico City. Héber also worked previously for ideas42, Innovations for Poverty Action and the Jameel Poverty Action Lab in the Dominican Republic and Colombia, specifically on consumer finance, financial heuristics and financial education, and for the Monitoring & Evaluation unit at the Millennium Challenge Corporation in Washington, DC. Héber graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a BSFS in International Political Economy and he also holds an MPA in Economics and Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University with a certificate in Urban Policy and Planning.

Hyunsoo Chang
Senior Associate

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Hyunsoo Chang

Senior Associate

Hyunsoo Chang is a Senior Associate at ideas42. His work at ideas42 has focused on consumer finance and economic mobility, as well applying behavioral science within the federal government. Previously he was a Research Assistant at the Department of Business Economics and Finance at USC’s Marshall School of Business, where he worked on various projects mainly in the fields of Behavioral Finance/Economics, Health Economics, and Industrial Organization. He holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Amherst College.

Jessica Leifer
Senior Associate

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Jessica Leifer

Senior Associate

Jessica Leifer is a Senior Associate at ideas42, where she focuses on issues in early childhood development and education. Prior to joining ideas42, Jess completed a Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She previously worked as a fellow at the Centre for Impact Investing, where she designed a technical assistance program for nonprofit organizations interested in developing social impact bond programs. Her experience includes analyzing student and school performance at Success Academy Charter Schools as well as partnering with the New York City government to provide special education supports for students in need. As an undergraduate, Jess conducted research on self-control and willpower with Dr. Angela Duckworth. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jiyoung Han
Senior Associate

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Jiyoung Han

Senior Associate

Jiyoung Han is a Senior Associate at ideas42. She previously served in the Korean Presidential Committee team that founded the G20′s Development Agenda and its Business Summit. She also worked with the GAVI Alliance, a public-private partnership that increases access to vaccines for children in low-income countries. Her field experiences in development include supporting conflict resolution and social inclusion programs in Nepal, as well as harnessing behavioral insights to improve program impacts in Kenya. Jiyoung has studied at the Harvard Kennedy School, the University of Chicago, and Sciences Po Paris. She likes hikes and bikes.

John Harris
Senior Associate, Prizes

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John Harris

Senior Associate, Prizes

John Harris is the Senior Associate for Prizes, currently managing projects related to early childhood education and voter engagement. Prior to joining Ideas42, John directed programs covering sustainability and entrepreneurship at a tech incubator managed by the Research Foundation of the City University of New York. John started his professional experience with a fellowship at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He holds a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Minnesota—Go Gophers!—and a JD from New England Law. He firmly believes Birkenstock sandals pair well with three-piece suits.

Jonathan Hayes
Senior Associate

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Jonathan Hayes

Senior Associate

Jonathan Hayes is a Senior Associate at ideas42 currently working on poverty alleviation and economic mobility. He previously served as a Teach For America corps member and taught tenth grade global history in Brooklyn, NY. Jonathan earned a BS in Psychology and a BA in Sociology from the University of Utah. He also holds an MPA with a certificate in Urban Policy and Planning from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. His policy interests include urban poverty, social justice, and education. Outside of work he likes to read fiction, browse stationery stores, and binge-watch television shows.

Mitra Salasel
Senior Communications Associate

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Mitra Salasel

Senior Communications Associate

Mitra Salasel is the Senior Communications Associate at ideas42, where she focuses on leading the overarching communications and public relations work of the organization. She came to ideas42 from the political arena in Texas, where she spent several years crafting and executing communications infrastructures for campaigns and political action committees. Her work was largely focused on narrowing the gender representation gap through increasing female participation at all levels of the political process. Mitra holds a BS in Political Science from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. When she is not obsessively combing through her Twitter feeds, Mitra is counting the days until pomegranate season.

Natalie Dabney
Senior Associate

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Natalie Dabney

Senior Associate

Natalie Dabney is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Prior to ideas42, Natalie served as Director of Research and Social Impact at Concordia, a nonprofit focused on promoting public-private partnerships for social good. Her academic and work background is in rigorous evaluation, and she worked at Mathematica Policy Research for several years analyzing interventions in the fields of health, education, and labor. Natalie received her BA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and her MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Nicki Cohen
Senior Associate

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Nicki Cohen

Senior Associate

Nicki Cohen is a Senior Associate at ideas42 currently working on designing scalable financial products for the underbanked and improving student outcomes through several financial aid interventions. Prior to joining the ideas42 team, Nicki worked at The Boston Consulting Group in Chicago where she advised clients on a wide range of strategic problems. Nicki holds a BA in Cognitive Science from Yale University, where she researched the evolutionary origins of economic behaviors through experiments with capuchin monkeys. In her free time, Nicki enjoys reading science fiction in hammocks and exploring the city by foot, bike, rollerblade, and long-board.

Rahin Khandker
Senior Associate

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Rahin Khandker

Senior Associate

Rahin Khandker is a Senior Associate at ideas42. Previously, she worked at Innovations for Poverty Action managing randomized evaluations for several health interventions in Bangladesh. She also worked in Nepal under a joint study conducted by Stanford University and Vanderbilt University, where she collaborated closely with radio studios, graphic novelists and local NGOs to develop large-scale public awareness campaigns targeting human trafficking in the country. Born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, Rahin is a Florida Gator fan and enjoys swamplands. She holds an MPA in International Development from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Ruirui Kuang
Senior Associate

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Ruirui Kuang

Senior Associate

Ruirui Kuang is a Senior Associate at ideas42, where she works on behavioral research and intervention design for disadvantaged populations in the US and the developing world. Previously, Ruirui was awarded the Idea Translation Lab Fellowship to pursue an entrepreneurship project focused on developing scent-based learning tools for children with dyslexia. She was also a Finalist in the President’s Challenge, an entrepreneurship and social impact competition sponsored by the Harvard Innovation Lab and President Drew Faust. Her senior thesis focused on the social significance of representations of women in Shanghai’s print media in the 1920s-30s. She has also done research on topics such as the potential of smartphone applications to combat drunk driving and the influence of architecture on the formation of social networks. She holds a BA in History from Harvard.

Sarah Welch
Senior Associate

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Sarah Welch

Senior Associate

Sarah Welch is a Senior Associate at ideas42, where she is currently working on behavioral innovations in sustainability, consumer finance, and health. Prior to joining ideas42, Sarah completed a three-year dual degree program at Yale’s School of Management and School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she focused on urban resource management and planning. Her experience includes analyzing global water technology markets in Europe, strategic planning with The Nature Conservancy in Colombia, and collaboration with Yale’s Urban Ecological Design Lab in Connecticut. Sarah previously led ecological design and restoration work at environmental consulting firm Great Ecology. Sarah holds an MBA and an MEM from Yale and received her BA in Environmental Science & Public Policy from Harvard. She’d take cheese over cake any day.

Abi Warren
Associate

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Abi Warren

Associate

Abi Warren is an Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining the team, Abi researched social integration challenges faced by migrant farmworkers in upstate New York and led an outreach program providing English instruction to farmworkers. At Cornell University she worked as a research assistant, investigating paradoxes in global finance and the reign of the dollar as the world’s dominant reserve currency. Her international work experiences include teaching English in southern India and Spain and dairy farming in Ecuador. Abi is a former synchronized swimmer, but now sticks to dancing outside of the water.

She received a BA in Economics from Cornell University with a minor in Spanish.

Alex Alhadeff
Associate

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Alex Alhadeff

Associate

Alex Alhadeff is an Associate at ideas42. She holds a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. While at Yale, she conducted experiments with approximately 150 teens that explored the psychological effects of environmental degradation and examined environmentally responsible behavior through the lens of behavioral economics. Prior to graduate school, Alex was an experienced associate in KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice where she conducted IT Sarbanes-Oxley audits for Fortune 100 companies. She graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Business and Economics from Lehigh University. Alex is a TCK (Third Culture Kid), theatre enthusiast, salsa dancer, and avid surfer.

Arielle Koppell
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Arielle Koppell

Associate

Arielle Koppell is an Associate at ideas42. Her current work involves applying behavioral science to hunger and malnutrition issues in Florida and facilitating better employment opportunities for community college graduates across the country. She graduated from Cornell University, with a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations and special honors as a Global Scholar. Arielle spent a full year of study at Oxford University, where she researched human trafficking trends in West Africa for the US State Department and conducted experiments testing the psychological impacts of scarcity on low-income single parents. In her free time, Arielle enjoys competitive debate, writing fiction, volunteering, and exploring cafés across New York City.

Dani Grodsky
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Dani Grodsky

Associate

Dani Grodsky is an Associate at Ideas42. Currently, her focus is on improving student outcomes throughout postsecondary education by applying a behavioral lens.  She recently graduated from Brown University, where she majored in Cognitive Neuroscience with a smaller focus on Economics. She also has experience in science communication and event planning, writing for the Brown Medical School magazine and TED.com, and helping to organize the annual TEDxProvidence conference. Her quirkiest job was working at a bridal shop featured on reality television, and if she had an alter ego she would be a makeup artist for runway shows.

David Munguía Gómez
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David Munguía Gómez

Associate

David Munguía Gómez is an Associate at ideas42 currently working on improving student outcomes at the post-secondary level. He holds a BA in Psychology from Princeton University, where he investigated how metaphors influence interpersonal perception and assisted with research on ageism and concrete versus abstract thinking. Born in Mexico, David enjoys pick-up fútbol and broadening his cooking repertoire.

DJ Neri
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DJ Neri

Associate

DJ Neri is an Associate as ideas42. He holds an MSc in Economics with a specialization in Behavioral Economics and Game Theory from the University of Amsterdam. While at the UvA, he conducted experiments on the effects of modified payoff structures on cooperation in repeated prisoner’s dilemmas and on the effects of asymmetric information in hard-close English auctions.  Prior to graduate school, DJ was an Analyst at Maple Life Financial LexServ in Bethesda, MD and graduated with a BA in Economics from Gettysburg College. In his free time he enjoys reading, photography, and being far too emotionally invested in the success of his Boston sports teams.

Jaclyn Lefkowitz
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Jaclyn Lefkowitz

Associate

Jaclyn Lefkowitz is an Associate at ideas42 currently working on projects applying behavioral theory to labor economics and consumer finance.  Prior to joining ideas42, Jaclyn served as a Research Assistant in both the Department of Psychology and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.  Her research focused on topics such as Hispanic bilingual advertising and consumer behavior in the food service industry.  Jaclyn holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish from Cornell University.

Jill Berardini
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Jill Berardini

Associate

Jill Berardini is an Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining the team, she worked as a consultant in Deloitte’s federal government practice, where she focused on health and consumer finance projects. Jill holds a BA from Princeton University in health policy. As a part of her research, she examined the behavioral implications of state Health Insurance Exchange design. In her free time, Jill enjoys trying new recipes, playing trivia, and trying to get off at all the New York subway stops.

Kanyinsola Aibana
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Kanyinsola Aibana

Associate

Kanyinsola Aibana is an Associate at ideas42 working on projects in post-secondary education, international development and financial inclusion. Prior to joining ideas42, Kanyinsola studied Mandarin Chinese at Fudan University and worked in the early childhood education program and legal department of a social services agency. She holds an A.B. in Psychology from Harvard College, where she worked as a Research Assistant on projects examining behavioral aspects of decision making and negotiation. In her free time, Kanyinsola enjoys reading novels and manga.

 

Liana Johnson
Communications Associate

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Liana Johnson

Communications Associate

Liana Johnson is the Communications Associate at ideas42. She supports the organization’s overall public relations strategy. With a background in non-profit communications, she previously worked for a community-based youth development agency and a national addiction treatment provider. Her work has focused on crafting individual and organization-wide stories and sharing them across the web and social media.

Liana has a BA in Creative Writing from Brandeis University. An avid animal lover, she once spent a summer giving tours at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory and currently spends too much of her free time catering to her cat’s whims.

Michael Stern
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Michael Stern

Associate

Michael Stern is an Associate at ideas42, where he focuses on issues in education and agriculture. Prior to ideas42, Michael worked in EdTech for the start-up BrightBytes, where he researched data platforms, and for the social gaming company Zynga, where he piloted innovation projects. He also researched topics relating to inter-temporal choice in the Stanford Decision Neuroscience Lab. When he isn’t using behavioral science to overanalyze his life, Michael tries to get as far into the wilderness as possible to backpack, climb and ski. One day, he hopes to own, design and manage his own coffee shop. Michael holds a B.S. from Stanford University in Symbolic Systems with a concentration in Decision Making and Rationality.

Rachel Rosenberg
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Rachel Rosenberg

Associate

Rachel Rosenberg is an Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining the team, Rachel worked as a monitoring and evaluation consultant in international development, where she evaluated the outcomes of a US State Department Law Enforcement Training Center serving West Africa. Previously, she held a post with the United Nations Development Program and also served as a research fellow for the International Organization for Migration in Colombia, where she led an evaluation of reintegration programming for former combatants. In addition, Rachel has expertise in the area of impact investing and financial inclusion, having held consultancies with Liquidnet for Good, Root Capital, and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Rachel holds her MA in Development Economics from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and her BA in International Relations and Economics from Stanford University.

Teis Jorgensen
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Teis Jorgensen

Associate

Teis Jorgensen is an Associate at ideas42. His work focuses on consumer finance and applying behavioral economics to family planning and reproductive health. Teis has worked as a research assistant to Professor Todd Rogers, Harvard Kennedy School, and Professor Mahzarin Banaji, Harvard Department of Psychology. He has done research on a diverse range of topics including environmental consumerism, institutional corruption, and the value of a reminder. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard College. In his free time, Teis writes children’s poetry and performs improvisational comedy.

Vivien Caetano
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Vivien Caetano

Associate

Vivien Caetano is an Associate at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School. In her research, she gained experience applying behavioral economics to water consumption decisions in California, overconfidence in professionals, and altruism. Vivien holds a BA in Economics from Brown University, where she also applied behavioral science to her role as a writing coach. In addition to coaching students in traditional writing and revision strategies, Vivien would teach students how to use behavioral concepts like limited attention and framing to improve their writing. In her free time, Vivien enjoys social dancing and listening to podcasts. She also loves plain yogurt a little too much.

Marcela Cheng
Project Manager

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Marcela Cheng

Project Manager

Marcela Cheng is the Mexico Project Manager at ideas42, currently responsible for managingbehavioral economic interventions projects in the field of financial health in Mexico. Before hertime in Ideas 42, Marcela worked in data collecting projects on poverty assessment, as well associal and health programs evaluation. She was an Advisor for the Technical Committee onDistricting for the National Electoral Institute and has worked at the Tax Administration Serviceand on social development programs at Mexico City Government.She holds a Masters degree on Demography by El Colegio de México and a Degree inPsychology by the National University of Mexico (UNAM). Commited to data based decisions,she acknowledges this basic truth does not apply when it comes to root for her favorite soccerteam: Los Pumas.

Mukta Joshi
Project Manager

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Mukta Joshi

Project Manager

Mukta Joshi is a Project Manager at ideas42. A development economist by training, Mukta has extensive experience in applied research across multiple disciplines (development finance and private sector development) and geographies (North America, South Asia, Middle East and North Africa). Prior to joining ideas42, Mukta worked with the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington DC. At the World Bank, Mukta was responsible for conducting research on financial access for small and medium enterprises (SME) and households in South Asia. At the IFC, Mukta was one of the lead contributors to G-20 SME Finance Stocktaking Report published at the G-20 Seoul Summit 2010. Mukta holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics from Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Economics from Mumbai University in India.

Maria Pisano
Finance Manager

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Maria Pisano

Finance Manager

Maria Pisano is the Finance Manager at ideas42, where she assists with the day to day operations of the organization, adding to the financial and administrative capacity. Prior to joining ideas42, Maria was an Assistant Vice President at the Royal Bank of Scotland. In that position, she supported the day to day work of the equities trading desk. Her responsibilities included preparing daily profit and loss reports, daily balance sheets, and managing the monthly and yearly close of books. Maria has an MBA from Baruch College at The City University of New York and a BA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Mor Kenane
Executive Assistant

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Mor Kenane

Executive Assistant

Mor Kenane is an Executive Assistant at ideas42. Prior to joining ideas42, Mor studied Economics and Mathematics at the University of Oregon, and worked on the finance and administration side of Congregation Beth Israel in Portland. Originally from Israel, she has been active within the Jewish community in both Portland and New York City, and volunteers as Counselor at several Jewish youth group programs. Outside of work, she is a professional Bridge player, and a non-professional blogger.

Scott Stinson
Chief of Staff

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Scott Stinson

Chief of Staff

Scott Stinson is the Chief of Staff at ideas42. Scott has a range of experience in political advocacy, policy analysis and public sector program management. After staffing several political campaigns, he worked as an aide for economic and tax policy to U.S. Representative Dennis Moore. Later, he played a key role as a liaison to state and local officials in a successful U.S. Department of Defense effort to improve and simplify the absentee voting process for Service Members and U.S.citizens living overseas.  He earned degrees from the College of William and Mary and the London School of Economics.