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Madagascar: Expanding the Bandwidth of the Extreme Poor

Nov 2, 2015 by ideas42 & The World Bank

This post originally appeared on World Bank Voices blog and was co-authored by ideas42 and members of the World Bank. It is 8 AM. The winter sun begins to appear over the gray-green mass of trees above the village of Tritriva in Madagascar’s central highlands. The courtyard of a stone church is already filled with … Read more.

New World Bank Team Mainstreams the Adoption of Behavioral Science in International Development

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.

Introducing the ideas42 Directory of Academic Experts in Behavioral Science

Sep 3, 2015

We probably don’t need to tell you, savvy reader, that behavioral science is fascinating. The insights on human behavior that have come from the last few decades of research are not only profound and compelling, but can also delight. Take loss aversion. First demonstrated by Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, this principle says we dislike … Read more.

New Project: BE For Innovations in Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Jan 22, 2014

For families across the world, the ability to decide whether to have children, when to have children, and how many children to have is strongly linked to economic, mental and physical well-being. Yet despite recent advances in the availability of family planning and reproductive health (FPRH) services, many developing countries are affected by low uptake … Read more.

Using Behavioral Economics for Product Design

Jan 22, 2014

Design is about solving problems, and great design is about solving hard problems successfully. At ideas42 we’ve found that incorporating insights from behavioral economics at every stage of the design process can yield amazing results – whether solving problems in health, energy usage, or economic development. We’re just wrapping up a project looking at the … Read more.

New White Paper: The Power of Heuristics

Jan 17, 2014

People are presented with many choices throughout their day, from what to have for lunch to where to go on vacation to how much money to save for emergencies. In many situations, this ability to choose enhances our lives. However, having too many choices can sometimes feel like a burden, especially if the choices are … Read more.

New Working Paper: Behavioral Design for Development

Dec 15, 2012

Behavioral economics’ most successful large-scale impacts have so far been in the developed world, with notable successes including the headway made on getting Americans to save for retirement or the many successes of Britain’s Nudge Unit. But at ideas42, we believe that behavioral economics can also dramatically change the way development programs work (for the … Read more.