The ideas42 Blog

Walking the Walk: Can ideas42 Team Members Truly Disconnect?

Jan 6, 2017 by Dan Connolly

Happy New Year! We hope you were able to take some time off at the end of 2016, and that your 2017 is off to a good, fresh start. At ideas42, our team puts in hard work applying behavioral science to social problems throughout the year, so we close our offices between Christmas Eve and … Read more.

Helping Government Engage New Yorkers: Applying Insights from Behavioral Science

Jan 4, 2017 by Jon Hayes, Natalie Dabney & Rachel Rosenberg

It is a critical, yet seemingly simple function of city government: connect residents to the programs designed to serve them. Cities invest countless resources to inform the public of valuable programs and encourage residents to use them. Yet mysteriously, those who would most benefit from these programs often neglect to take advantage of them. For … Read more.

A New Approach for Reducing Intimate Partner Violence

Dec 13, 2016 by Vivien Caetano, Hannah Spring, & Lydia Trupe

Globally, one in three women report experiencing violence at the hands of an intimate partner. In some countries, like Ethiopia, over 60% of women experience intimate partner violence (IPV). Each of these instances devastates the lives of women and their families for generations. Over the past few years, we’ve studied intimate partner violence through a … Read more.

Stressed At Work? Don’t Blame Yourself (Too Much)

Dec 1, 2016 by Dan Connolly

Picture this: it’s Thursday evening, and the end of a long week is in sight. After two back-to-back meetings, you open your e-mail and find a dozen more messages since the afternoon. You sigh – after you go home, have dinner, or spend some time with family or friends, there will be another hour or … Read more.

The Problem with Your Computer’s Security Warnings

Nov 28, 2016 by Alex Alhadeff & Alex Blau

As more and more tasks in our lives move online—from work to shopping to paying bills to streaming sports games or TV—online security becomes that much more critical. Yet when an all-too-familiar red and yellow warning pops up (“Warning! Visiting this site may harm your computer!”), do you close the site or take the risk … Read more.

One Year Later: Behavioral Design in the Mexican Retirement System

Nov 2, 2016 by Marcela Cheng & Andrew Fertig

For millions of people around the world, the consequences of inadequate retirement savings are devastating. The problem is widespread even in countries with formal systems of mandatory contributions to individual retirement accounts. In Mexico, these mandatory contributions amount to less than 40% of a worker’s salary during retirement, and few people make the additional (voluntary) … Read more.

Is There a $250 Billion Gap in Charitable Giving in the U.S.?

Nov 1, 2016 by Katy Davis, Abigail Kim & Abi Warren

The World Giving Index ranks the United States number two worldwide on the generosity of its citizens, ahead of countries like New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom. But what if we told you that Americans think their neighbors should give more than the roughly 3% of annual income they already give to charity—a lot … Read more.

ideas42 Seminar Series: A Talk With Rich Patterson

Oct 27, 2016 by ideas42

With the ideas42 Seminar 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 Rich Patterson, Assistant Professor of Economics in the department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Dr. Patterson completed his B.A. … Read more.