Economic Prosperity

Applying “When” to Real Life

by Kanyinsola Aibana

Our work involves devoting significant amounts of time to understanding what drives people’s behavior—and prompting them to make decisions and follow through with action that benefits them. As a member of ideas42, I can’t help but apply this same behavioral lens to my own life. When I read Daniel Pink’s new book, When: The Scientific […]

How Incorporating Behavioral Science into Cash Transfer Programs Is Changing Lives

by Josh Martin & Laura Rawlings

This post originally appeared on NextBillion.  Fighting poverty with direct cash payments is more common now than ever before. In 1997, only three developing countries had centrally managed cash transfer programs targeting poverty. Today, more than 120 do, and more than $200 million in cash is distributed daily. The adoption of cash transfers was a significant step […]

A Look at Entrepreneurship on International Women’s Day

by ideas42

At ideas42, we’re honoring International Women’s Day this year by taking a look at women entrepreneurs around the world. Globally, 37% of all enterprises are woman-owned. While there’s still progress to be made in reaching 50%, that’s hundreds of millions of women running businesses—generating incomes for their households and bolstering their local communities. Despite this […]

Simple Steps to Take Now that Produce Benefits All Year

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 […]

Our 5 Favorite Behavioral Insights of 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 […]

ideas42 Seminar Series: A Talk with Jack Cao

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 […]

Richard Thaler Wins Nobel Prize in Economics

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 […]

Learning Behavioral Design, Part 2: How to Embed Behavioral Design in Organizations

by ideas42

Over the last year and a half, we collaborated with 11 financial capability organizations to teach them how to apply behavioral insights to their programs. Each organization identified and tackled an initial problem impeding client financial health by leveraging their unique knowledge of the populations they serve. The reach of the Behavioral Design Project (BDP) […]

Got Behavioral Science Results? Help Us Build a Resource for All

by ideas42

It’s been more than three months since the launch of the Behavioral Evidence Hub, a community-driven collection of behavioral interventions proven to create impact. Jointly launched by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), the University of Pennsylvania Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), and ideas42, the B-Hub (as it’s affectionately called) has been visited […]

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