Oct 22, 2015
Today’s World Bank Global Insights Initiative (GINI) announcement represents many milestones. It’s the most significant of the many recent steps made by the world’s multilateral governance institutions to add behavioral science tools alongside those of traditional economics to the modern policymaker’s toolbox. As such, it’s a triumph for those of us who support a behavioral … Read more.
Sep 16, 2015
It’s been an historic week for the world of behavioral science: President Obama has issued an Executive Order encouraging federal agencies to apply behavioral insights in their programs, policies, and operations for the first time ever. Paving the way for this landmark declaration is the successful track record of the White House Social and Behavioral … Read more.
Aug 13, 2015
In the U.S., 44% of households are considered “liquid asset poor”, lacking savings to cover basic expenses for three months. What would it take to increase the financial resilience of these families? Could you do it with a simple 30-minute phone call? At ideas42, we think so. With funding from MetLife Foundation under its financial … Read more.
Jun 2, 2015
At ideas42 we do a lot of work applying behavioral science to challenges in higher education. Obtaining a university education is an incredibly strong predictor of individual earnings and economic mobility. But, unfortunately, the barriers to completing a degree are growing, with ballooning costs and student debt stifling economic growth and opportunity. This growing crisis … Read more.
May 21, 2015
“If you don’t have money, if you don’t come from money, then your whole life is a struggle.” Though Mark* said this with a smile, we sensed his exhaustion. He spoke lovingly of his 3-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son, but explained that it was difficult to balance looking after his family with complicated work schedules. … Read more.
Apr 2, 2015
Over the past two years, the ideas42 team has run more than 15 higher education projects at colleges and universities around the country. Our goal is to use behavioral science insights to design low cost interventions that improve student outcomes – both academic and financial. In the process we’ve taken a crash course in the … Read more.
Mar 30, 2015
Imagine you’ve been stuck in a meeting that ran into the lunch hour and you’re hungry—really hungry. You’ll focus on your hunger, craving whatever is closest and finding it tough to stick to long-term nutritional goals like maintaining low cholesterol. A very hungry version of you will also be more easily deterred by any short-term … Read more.
Feb 23, 2015
In April 2015 the UK Government will introduce big changes to the rules surrounding how people can access their pension pots. The changes are complex, but the overall effect will be to give pension holders much more flexibility to spend or invest their savings as they choose when they reach 55. With this increased freedom … Read more.
Dec 16, 2014 by ideas42
This post originally appeared on the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion Blog. What does it take to successfully design, pilot, and scale an effective new financial product or service? Much more than most would realize! That’s why the Center for Financial Inclusion’s (CFI) recent behavioral insights workshop in Bogota, Colombia, had a clear focus: … Read more.
Oct 13, 2014 by ideas42
On a recent weekday morning, a group of entrepreneurs, teachers, computer programmers, and college administrators from all over the country assembled with behavioral experts from ideas42 in pursuit of a venerable mission: identifying a way to double three-year degree completion rates among U.S. community college students. This mission, earnestly accepted by all members of the … Read more.