The ideas42 Blog

21 Million Paths to a More Secure Retirement

Feb 8, 2018 by Juan David Robalino & Andrew Fertig

Retirement savings are a serious challenge in Mexico. With a low overall participation in the formal pension system and one of the highest rates of elderly poverty in the region, it is essential for workers to make voluntary savings to ensure their financial health during retirement. Unfortunately, less than 1% of account holders actively save … Read more.

Simple Steps to Take Now that Produce Benefits All Year

Feb 1, 2018 by ideas42

We all have big plans for changing our lives at the beginning of a new year, thanks to the fresh start effect. But it’s February…and reality is probably starting to set in for many people. This may not be the year you become a workout guru, vault your career in a new direction, or finally … Read more.

Our 5 Favorite Behavioral Insights of 2017

Dec 20, 2017 by ideas42

We’ve learned a lot this year. Thankfully, we haven’t uncovered all the strange little quirks in human decision making, so with every passing year, a few more insights come to light. As 2017 comes to a close, we look back at some of the insights that made us think, laugh, cry, and question our own … Read more.

Building Financial Health: There’s an (Unused) App for That

Dec 18, 2017 by Maddie Kau & Abigail Kim

Update: the behavioral playbook is now available here.  Cashing a check seems like a simple task. But in practice, it involves many small, hassle-ridden steps that take time and energy: planning when to go, finding a nearby ATM or retail location, remembering to bring the check, traveling to the location, and waiting in line. Fortunately, … Read more.

ideas42 Seminar Series: A Talk with Jack Cao

Nov 20, 2017 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 Jack Cao, a 5th year PhD candidate in social psychology at Harvard University. Jack’s research examines the divide between the conscious values we try to uphold and … Read more.

Reducing Commuter Congestion on Cubs Game Nights

Nov 14, 2017 by John Harris & Doug Palmer

After a long day of work, commuters hope for a fast trip home with few hassles. Drivers want to avoid traffic congestion, and mass transit riders crave an open car with empty seats. However, commuters on the nation’s busiest mass transit systems are often crammed into full train cars after waiting on busy platforms. The … Read more.

A Model for Embedding Behavioral Design in Health Care

Nov 10, 2017 by Owen Footer

Despite advances in medicine and massive increases in spending in America over the last several decades, there hasn’t been a corresponding improvement in health outcomes. One major reason for this is that there’s still a crucial element missing from the design of health care systems and services: consideration for the role of human behavior. That’s … Read more.

Learning Behavioral Design, Part 3: 5 Lessons for Applying Behavioral Design to Programs

Oct 30, 2017 by Vivien Caetano, Katy Davis, & Erin Sherman

It’s one thing to read about behavioral science or attend a one-time training on how it’s been used to improve programs. It’s another to take those insights and apply them to the real world yourself. That was the driver behind our Behavioral Design Project for Promoting Financial Health, in which 11 organizations actively learned behavioral … Read more.

Richard Thaler Wins Nobel Prize in Economics

Oct 9, 2017 by DJ Neri & Evan Nesterak, The Behavioral Scientist

Richard Thaler, our long-time advisor (and a source of inspiration for our work), has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his pioneering work in applied behavioral economics. Below is an article about the impact of his contributions to the field that originally appeared on the Behavioral Scientist.  Richard Thaler, an economist at the University of … Read more.