The ideas42 Blog

Learning Behavioral Design, Part 2: How to Embed Behavioral Design in Organizations

Sep 21, 2017 by ideas42

Over the last year and a half, we collaborated with 11 financial capability organizations to teach them how to apply behavioral insights to their programs. Each organization identified and tackled an initial problem impeding client financial health by leveraging their unique knowledge of the populations they serve. The reach of the Behavioral Design Project (BDP) … Read more.

Got Behavioral Science Results? Help Us Build a Resource for All

Sep 11, 2017 by ideas42

It’s been more than three months since the launch of the Behavioral Evidence Hub, a community-driven collection of behavioral interventions proven to create impact. Jointly launched by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), the University of Pennsylvania Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), and ideas42, the B-Hub (as it’s affectionately called) has been visited … Read more.

Overcoming the “Ick Factor”: Promoting Insects as a Sustainable Protein

Aug 31, 2017 by John Harris & Abi Warren

The consumption of animals has long met the ire of both environmental and climate scientists. Meat production alone is responsible for roughly 40% more greenhouse emissions than all global transportation systems combined. Additionally, an estimated 30% of the planet’s land surface is used to feed animals we will eventually eat. With the global human population … Read more.

Keeping the Paths to Credit Open in Mexico

Aug 7, 2017 by Jaclyn Lefkowitz

What is the cost of making a late loan payment? If you’re like most people, you probably think of late fees. But there are also less visible, longer-term consequences that can have a serious impact on financial wellbeing. For example, late payments affect credit scores, which in turn can affect the ability to access credit … Read more.

Runaway Trains of Thought: How Boosting Cognitive Bandwidth Can Fight Poverty

Aug 4, 2017 by Katy Davis & Colleen Briggs

This post originally appeared on NextBillion.  Imagine you just received the news that you have a serious but treatable medical condition. What would you think about? Perhaps you would fear for your health, or worry about what the treatment’s side effects might be. In a recent study, participants were asked what they would think about … Read more.

The Feedback Card: Real-Time Budgeting for Real People

Jul 25, 2017 by Hyunsoo Chang & Will Tucker-Ray

Millions of Americans struggle to manage their complex finances, even with countless budgeting tools that exist to make the process easier. The myriad of features included in these kinds of tools can even add to the complexity, and they often don’t account for the limited time and attention that people experience in real life. That’s … Read more.

From WIC to SNAP: Benefits Programs Go Farther with Behavioral Science

Jul 18, 2017 by ideas42

In the United States, more than 45 million people live below the poverty line, including one in five children who will experience its long-lasting effects. While public benefits programs meaningfully impact countless lives by providing essentials like food and health care, many people who are struggling do not receive these benefits for a variety of … Read more.

ideas42 Seminar Series: A Talk with Mitesh Patel

Jul 10, 2017 by ideas42

ideas42’s network of academic affiliates represent some of the world’s foremost experts in behavioral science. With the ideas42 Affiliate Series, we invite leading scholars to share their insights and what inspires their exploration into human behavior. Our New York office was pleased to host Mitesh Patel of the University of Pennsylvania. Mitesh studies innovative ways to change health … Read more.

Doubling Down on a Better Environment for Us All

Jun 14, 2017 by ideas42

  The current administration’s recent announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris accord on climate change is an undeniable setback for environmental conservation efforts worldwide. The Paris agreement gives world a fighting chance of ensuring that the global temperature increase this century does not exceed 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. There … Read more.