The ideas42 Blog

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.

Solving Social Problems with Science: SSIR Webinar Recap

Jun 8, 2017 by ideas42

The Stanford Social Innovation Review recently hosted a webinar series on solving social problems with science. Members of our team were excited to share insights from behavioral science, findings, and some of our case studies with practitioners who work to improve lives across a number of domains. Below are highlights from the two presentations. Part … Read more.

ideas42 Seminar Series: A Talk with Christopher Bryan

May 18, 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 Christopher Bryan of the University of Chicago Booth. Christopher studies psychological influence, … Read more.

Meet the Behavioral Evidence Hub: Powerful Solutions for Problem-Solvers

May 11, 2017 by ideas42

ideas42 is excited to join with Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the Center for Health Incentives & Behavioral Economics at the University of Pennsylvania (CHIBE) in launching the Behavioral Evidence Hub, a comprehensive resource that brings together some of the world’s most promising innovative solutions into a single tool, putting them within easy reach … Read more.

What’s Stopping Chileans from Saving

May 8, 2017 by David Munguía Gómez

Saving money is important not only for long-term needs like retirement but also for expenses in the short term. This is because incomes and expenses are not always constant, and people can’t necessarily predict when they will need more cash. A reliable savings cushion is critical when people encounter large, unexpected costs or lose their … Read more.

Financial Literacy Month…with a Behavioral Twist

Apr 24, 2017 by Katy Davis

As an unabashed finance nerd, I love a good tip about how to improve my financial health. I always look forward to April, Financial Literacy Month, for a flood of recommendations. Managing personal finances is hard, and recent research suggests that a huge proportion of Americans, not just those at the lower end of the … Read more.