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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.

New, Behaviorally-Informed NYC Summonses Hit the Streets

Apr 14, 2016

Every year, hundreds of thousands of low-level tickets, known as summonses, are issued in New York City. Police officers use them for an array of non-arrestable offenses like riding a bike on the sidewalk, littering, or consuming alcohol in public, many of these tickets can only be resolved by showing up to court on an … Read more.

Three Myths About the Underbanked, Part Two: “I Can Tell You Exactly Where My Paycheck Is Going”

Mar 17, 2016 by Katy Davis & Nicki Cohen

Why we’re wrong about lower income consumers, a three-part series Products and services that help low- and moderate-income (LMI) consumers manage their day-to-day finances and improve their long-term financial health are a clear need that hasn’t yet been solved by mainstream or alternative financial providers. Why haven’t the needs of LMI consumers been met by … Read more.

Guest Post: FinLab Pushes Financial Health Agenda, One Challenge At a Time

Mar 4, 2016 by Financial Solutions Lab

This blog originally appeared on the CFSI/JP Morgan Chase Financial Solutions Lab Medium. ideas42 is proud to serve as a behavioral advisor to the Lab.  In New York, 22-year-old Sean had been using a savings app called Even for about eight weeks when he realized something that surprised him: by automatically saving his higher-than-average income, he’d … Read more.

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.

Creating Slack: Poverty Interrupted

Sep 22, 2015

This post is part of a series about Poverty Interrupted, ideas42’s groundbreaking effort to bring a behavioral science approach to the problem of intergenerational poverty. Imagine that your car is having some trouble and it will cost $150 in service to take care of the problem. Unfortunately, your insurance will only cover 10% of this … 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.

Cut the Costs: Poverty Interrupted

Jul 8, 2015

For the 45.3 million Americans who struggle to cover basic expenses, living in poverty is costly in terms of time, money, and cognition. Recent research by two of ideas42’s cofounders gives a name to the cognitive costs of poverty: a bandwidth tax, levied by the experience of scarcity. They find that lacking a key resource, … Read more.

How Behavioral Science Can Improve Financial Technology Innovations

Jun 11, 2015 by Eldar Shafir

Like many of us, I’m lucky enough to be able to manage my daily life while devoting just a sliver of my mind to looking after my personal finances. But for lower-income American households, navigating continuously challenging financial situations takes up a significant portion of their time, attention, and cognitive resources. Since we are all … Read more.

Breaking New Ground in the Fight Against Poverty

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.