Feb 2, 2017 by David Munguía Gómez
Many of us are aware of the usefulness of “rainy day” savings—what we set aside for emergencies and other unforeseen expenses that creep up on us all. Those savings are in addition to those we accumulate to accomplish larger goals we may have like buying a house or planning for retirement. But understanding the importance … Read more.
Jan 31, 2017 by Hannah Furstenberg-Beckman
Youth violence is one of the most pressing social problems facing cities across the United States. Unfortunately, once youth become involved with the criminal justice system, they can get caught cycling in and out of custody, sometimes for the rest of their lives. In the state of Illinois, for example, almost 60 percent of youth … Read more.
Nov 10, 2016 by Marina Dimova & Mukta Joshi
This post originally appeared on Next Billion. Norma has a small store in the Bago City neighborhood of central Philippines. In the packed interior of her store, Norma sells a variety of household items such as coffee, sugar, chips, bread, eggs, soft drinks, soaps and more. She has big plans for her business – she … Read more.
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.
Sep 30, 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 William Elliott of The University of Kansas this week. William founded of the Center on Assets, Education, and Inclusion (AEDI) in KU’s School of Social Welfare. He is a … Read more.
Aug 31, 2016 by ideas42
Education has long been touted as a ticket out of poverty, and a well-educated workforce is the foundation of a competitive economy. So it’s easy to think education advocates can solve a lot of problems by convincing high school students to go to college—but the data tells us most high-schoolers are already convinced. In fact, … Read more.
Aug 29, 2016 by Alex Blau
Since her husband passed away a few years ago, Marwah has taken care of her family’s cocoa farm all by herself. She is motivated by a promise she and her husband made to help finance their youngest son’s college education. But like many who manage small cocoa farms in Indonesia, Marwah struggles to save money. … Read more.
Aug 16, 2016 by Saugato Datta
This post originally appeared on The Rockefeller Foundation’s blog. During the last three weeks, I have had the pleasure of leading sessions during the thematic month on human behavior at The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, observing as the residents share their perspectives and question everything, including each other’s assumptions, to uncovering surprising connections and … Read more.
Aug 9, 2016 by David Munguía Gómez
Saving for retirement can feel like giving money to a stranger. Forgoing money in the present to benefit the person we will eventually become—our “future self”—is often a difficult and ungratifying experience. Because of this and other behavioral barriers like the ones we uncovered in Mexico, it should come as no surprise that most people … Read more.
Aug 2, 2016 by ideas42
What does taking steps to use family planning look like to you? Perhaps you think of visiting your doctor’s office. Depending on where you’re from, you may have a flashback to a lecture from high school health class. Or maybe you think of the first time you nervously bought condoms at a gas station, corner … Read more.